The Department of Education doesn’t know when Tax Day is

Law school is, uh, expensive, so last week I filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This morning, something amusing this way came. Enjoy [edited to reflect that correct practice is to use but a single space after a period. Period.]:

from: Federal Student Aid
sender-time: Sent at 9:08 PM (GMT-05:00)
to: Mordechai Treiger
date: Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:08 PM
subject: Correction to “Updates Needed to Your FAFSA” Message

We recently sent an e-mail advising you to update your tax data on the FAFSA once you have filed your tax return. Please note that the e-mail stated in error that the federal tax filing deadline has passed. You should disregard that sentence. The federal tax deadline this year is April 17. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. […]

U.S. Department of Education
Federal Student Aid

The original email prompted two panicked forwards – one to my father, the other to a director of financial aid – in an attempt to confirm that I had not, in fact, lost my mind. Apology accepted.

Said original email is not particularly interesting, but in case you’re curious, I’ve included it below [this older email required no similar edits – perhaps the DOE traded proper punctuation for the correct date]:

from: Federal Student Aid
sender-time: Sent at 8:29 PM (GMT-05:00).
to: Mordechai Treiger
date: Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM
subject: Important – Updates Needed for Your FAFSA

Dear MORDECHAI,

When you completed your 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you indicated that you were going to file your taxes and were providing estimated 2011 tax information. Now that the federal tax filing deadline has passed and you have probably filed your 2011 tax returns, it is time for you to update your FAFSA.

[…]

Your ability to receive federal student aid can be impacted if you do not make the necessary updates or corrections. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

U.S. Department of Education
Federal Student Aid

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