A tweet appeared tonight on the Twitter account of the federal financial aid agency known as FAFSA including an odd photo of a woman seated on an airplane with the caption, “Help me. I’m poor,” under the line, “If this is you, then you better fill out your FAFSA.”
The tweet, which generated a negative response from some FAFSA followers, was taken down about an hour after it appeared.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required for anyone seeking financial aid from US colleges and tens of millions of students and parents fill one out online every year. The FAFSA offices were closed late Tuesday but the tweet did come from the agency’s official Twitter account.
Twitter followers were not amused.
@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
.@FAFSA Pathetic. You need a new PR person.
— Mark R. Cheathem (@markcheathem) June 25, 2014