And This Is Why Government Offices Shouldn’t Try To Be Funny On Twitter

Fatimah Mazhar
June 25, 2014: FSA just cracked a really stupid joke on Twitter.

The Federal Student Aid is a U.S. Department of Education office that provides student financial assistance in the form of grants, loans and work-study funds. In fact, it is the largest provider of student financial aid in the country.

However, this week, it also became the owner of this year’s stupidest tweet as well.

On Tuesday night, FSA’s official Twitter account tweeted a popular meme inspired by a scene from the movie "Bridesmaids" to encourage students to fill out free application forms:


Student loan debt is at $1.2 trillion and has increased at a fast pace for the past two decades; in fact, interest rates are all set to rise again next month. However, it will not drastically increase students’ or parents’ borrowing costs.

In the light of the future hike, many Twitter followers didn’t find FSA’s attempt to be casual about student debt amusing and soon enough – as it often happens on the Internet – outrage ensued.

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Within an hour, the FSA realized that they had made a huge mistake and took down the tweet followed by an apology.

Even after the apology, several Twitter users wondered if the office would fire its PR person over the mistake.

Whoever posted it must be feeling like this right now:


Right on!