Student Loan Agency Apologizes After Tweeting “Help Me I’m Poor” Meme

“If this is you, then you better fill out your FAFSA.”

1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the largest provider of student financial aid in the U.S., tweeted Tuesday night a popular Bridesmaids meme along with an encouragement to fill out FAFSA forms:

In Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig said “Help me, I’m poor,” to a flight attendant as she drunkenly tried to sneak into first class.

3. People quickly criticized FAFSA for the tweet.

You think we chose to be poor? You think we wanted to struggle? @FAFSA

— Itachi (@WeNotSocks)

Bad social from @FAFSA. Being “poor” is nothing to joke about, especially with the hardships people go through to go to school.

— My Name Is My Name (@CoryTownes)

8. About an hour later, FAFSA deleted the tweet and followed with an apology early Wednesday.

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)

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