Student Loan Agency Apologizes For Insensitive Tweet

By Chris Hoenig

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is apologizing after sending out an insensitive tweet that mocked “poor” college students.

At 9 pm Tuesday, the agencywhich collects financial data from students seeking federal loanssent out a tweet featuring a scene from the movie “Bridesmaids” with actress Kristen Wiig and the meme “Help me. I’m poor.” Attached was the message: “If this is you, then you better fill out your FAFSA.”

The response was nearly immediate, with people calling the message insensitive and insulting.

Among them was Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., who called the tweet “unbelieveable.”

Within an hour, the tweet was deleted. An apology appeared on the FAFSA twitter page several hours later.

Even the apology was met with further backlash, however.

In the 2011-2012 award year, the U.S. Department of Education received nearly 22 million FAFSA applications, and were on pace to meet or beat that number in 2012-2013.

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