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On Monday, the portal for the free application for federal student aid, or FAFSA, opened to college students in the U.S., prompting a wave of student-specific memes.
FAFSA can benefit students who really need the extra financial assistance to pay for college because as everyone knows, college does not come cheap.
In response, people on Twitter are making hilarious “I’m telling FAFSA” memes, throwing shade toward college students who apply for FAFSA money but somehow still afford lavish lifestyles.
i’m telling FAFSA y’all submitting ur applications through a $1000 macbook— cherrish (@cherrishv11) October 1, 2018
I’m telling Fafsa y’all were at Drakes concert— Giovanni Grimaldo (@Sosaa_Gio) September 30, 2018
I’m telling Fafsa y’all buying iPhone X’s Max 😤— Jonathan chavez (@paqjonathan) October 1, 2018
I’m telling FAFSA that y’all get lash extensions every week— -A (@sorta_annaa) September 30, 2018
I’m telling FAFSA you guys are spending your refund money on tattoos.— Joji (@_JojiJoestar) October 1, 2018
i’m telling fafsa y’all have yeti cups— nick (@cointheband) October 1, 2018
I’m telling FAFSA y’all out here riding Birds to class— Sam Burnside (@Sam_Burnside4) September 28, 2018
The tweets point out how good some people have it, since they’re able to spend loose cash on Starbucks, electric scooters, or Yeti cups. It’s unclear who first started the memes, but they’re making headlines on Twitter.
In order to be eligible for FAFSA, students must demonstrate financial need, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have a valid social security number. Other requirements include enrollment as a student in an eligible degree or certificate program with satisfactory academic progress in college or school, according to the FAFSA website.
The federal deadline is June 30, 2019, for students applying in the 2018-2019 school year, but it’s highly recommended to submit as soon as possible. This is because most financial aid through FAFSA is distributed on a first come, first basis. Students who apply early have a higher chance of receiving the benefits. Plus, it’s a good idea to get started in order to be able to weigh options for colleges.
REMINDER: today is the first day you can apply for federal financial aid for college or grad school. Many schools have different deadlines, so better to fill it out earlier rather than later! Learn more about #FAFSA here: https://t.co/E1kbMhPE6v. pic.twitter.com/s0O6aHHfNF— Doug Jones (@SenDougJones) October 1, 2018
Two years ago, students had to wait until Jan. 1 to apply for FAFSA. Students can now submit their application documents three months in advance, starting on Oct. 1, thanks to former President Barack Obama’s change of FAFSA law.
Sunny Kim studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Daily Texan and Popular Mechanics.