Teen Posts Extravagant Prom Video — and FAFSA's Reply Makes It Go Viral
A teenager’s viral prom video caught the eye of an unlikely viewer — the U.S Department of Education.
It’s a well-produced video that easily captured the attention of those on Twitter, raking in more than 4.4 million views since it was posted on March 25.
“Thanks for all the love on our prom video we just wanted to something different and fun for us,” Rivas, 17, wrote on social media in a follow-up tweet.
In the replies to the post, as first reported by BuzzFeed News, Twitter user @_Ferrg first joked that FAFSA — the office of the Department of Education that grants loans and work-study funds to students in college or trade school in need of financial help — could see the video, too.
“FAFSA looking at this like…” he wrote with a GIF of rapper Birdman rubbing his hands together.
Surprisingly enough, just a day later, FAFSA’s official Twitter account responded with a GIF of their own, showing a little boy watching and sipping on a cup of coffee.
FAFSA’s tweet received nearly 14,000 likes, and many replied back in shock that they actually responded to the video.
But for some, the tweet was anxiety-inducing as they realized the department was actually on Twitter — and could see what they posted as well.
Some took the time to ask the FAFSA account some student loan-related questions, which the department actually answered.
But with so much attention coming her way, Rivas told BuzzFeed not all of it was welcomed.
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“People assumed my parents had all this money to spend when in reality I have a job, I saved up and paid for my dress, did my own makeup and hair, and the car was my date’s father’s car,” she said. “I was receiving a lot of hate and foul things were being said… But hey, that’s the internet for ya!”
Meanwhile, FAFSA told Buzzfeed that they are often flagged to high school students’ posts, but they do not “monitor people’s [online] activities.” They replied to Rivas’ thread because they “thought it was a relevant opportunity to embrace the channel’s humor.”
FAFSA did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.