Nicki Minaj, the rapper and advocate for education, is giving back to struggling college students taking to Twitter over the weekend to help fans get out from under some of their student loans and other debt.
How did this happen? A fan tweeted Minaj about paying his student loans. Minaj responded, “Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ur school and I’ll pay it.” She turned it into a free-for-all when she said, “Who wants to join THAT contest?!?! Dead serious. Should I set it up?” according to US Weekly.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of people tried to take advantage of her good will and sent her screenshots of grade point averages and student loan statements. The requests varied considerably from full-ride requests to some change for a summer class.
When all was said and done, US Weekly reported that Minaj offered to provide help for more than thirty fans, and she promised to help more in the next month or two. According to US Weekly, Minaji has long been a supporter of the importance of an education. During a 2011 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” she told two Internet stars, Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, to stay in school and put studying before singing.
While Manji may not be known for her altruistic ways in the same way that Bill Gates is, her offer to help college students with student debt comes at a time when more than 40 million people are dealing with at least one student loan. The default rate among that group stands at roughly 12 percent or 8.1 million borrowers. Currently, over $1.4 trillion is collectively owed by student and graduate borrowers, and the average student debt per borrower is up to about $28,000 according to LendEDU.
Politician after politician has promised to do something to get the outsized debt under control, but celebrities have also been trying to help in their own way. Take aspiring rap star Dee-1 who worked with Sallie Mae, the private student loan lender, to pay the student loans of several lucky contestants in the Pays to Repay contest. “I’ve traveled the country with Sallie Mae educating high school students and handing out scholarships, and now we’ve taken it a step further with this contest to help people feel that joy of paying off their student loans,” said Dee-1.
Author: Donna Fuscaldo
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