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Student Loan Agency Apologizes After Tweeting "Help Me I'm Poor" Meme

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

Posted on June 25, 2014, at 1:39 a.m. ET

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:

If this is you, then you better fill out your FAFSA: http://t.co/uEW9x3D9YL

Federal Student Aid@FAFSA

If this is you, then you better fill out your FAFSA: http://t.co/uEW9x3D9YL

6:00 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

People quickly criticized FAFSA for the tweet.

Poor people trying to better themselves is so funny, amirite?! RT @60th_Street: @happyloner @FAFSA that is the worst.

Andie the Obamanista@andie_walsh

Poor people trying to better themselves is so funny, amirite?! RT @60th_Street: @happyloner @FAFSA that is the worst.

7:34 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hey @FAFSA I have a question. Since I'm poor AND I always filled out my FAFSA will you erase my loans? #AskFAFSA

N.T.@NIKKI_T

Hey @FAFSA I have a question. Since I'm poor AND I always filled out my FAFSA will you erase my loans? #AskFAFSA

4:41 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Itachi@WeNotSocks

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

4:55 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

4:15 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

We apologize for the insensitivity of our previous tweet. Our goal is to make college a reality for all. We're very sorry.

9:54 PM - 24 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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