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.
@FAFSA not everyone who completes a FAFSA is poor and mocking those who are at or below FPL is tasteless, offensive, and ignorant.— Kristen C.-Kappus (@kckappus) June 25, 2014
I'm still poor so now what? @FAFSA— Chinasa Jillian M.Ed (@LOVE_Jill) June 25, 2014
You think we chose to be poor? You think we wanted to struggle? @FAFSA— Itachi (@WeNotSocks) June 25, 2014
The FAFSA tweet incident to begin with, shows how often times it's deemed humorous to joke about those in need when it is you who has power— Zaina ? (@zaiibayy) June 25, 2014
So frustrated with fucking FAFSA. Like pull your shit together man— Ashlee (@ashbug31) June 25, 2014
Within an hour, the FSA realized that they had made a huge mistake and took down the tweet followed by an apology.
We apologize for the insensitivity of our previous tweet. Our goal is to make college a reality for all. We're very sorry.— Federal Student Aid (@FAFSA) June 25, 2014
Even after the apology, several Twitter users wondered if the office would fire its PR person over the mistake.
So y’all know whoever runs FAFSA twitter getting fired right?— Drea (@CaliiMariee) June 25, 2014
I'm sure someone was fired tonight tho @FAFSA— Good Gurl Duchess (@WittyDuchess) June 25, 2014
Whoever made that tweet for FAFSA is gonna get soooo fired. Yikes— Nikki (@not_1257) June 25, 2014
Whoever posted it must be feeling like this right now: