Nicki Minaj Pays Student Loans and Tuition of Fans, Announces Charity

Rapper Nicki Minaj has made recent news headlines for what seems to be a spontaneous tuition and student loan payment spree.

The idea started with a reply to a contest promotion on the rapper’s Twitter account. The grand prize for the contest was a trip to visit Minaj, a privilege the rapper insisted was open to fans from all countries — because of her immense piggy bank.

One bold fan decided that if Minaj could afford a roundtrip ticket to Australia, then she might be able to afford a tuition payment or two.

Minaj countered the deal, requesting a 4.0 GPA as proof of dedication to a college degree.

According to CNN, Minaj has now paid over $18,000 toward fans’ student loans, tuition, and books.

In an Instagram post Saturday, the star promised even more future contributions for dedicated students.

This interest in higher education may come as a surprise to those who know Minaj never attended college. She, like many musicians, pursued the stage straight out of high school, but has continuously encouraged her fans to pursue a degree.

Minaj also isn’t the first hip-hop artist to use her platform and her funding to further education. Just last year, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. Years before that, Rapper and former Soulquarian Common founded the Common Ground Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission “To empower high school students to become future leaders through programs focused on character development, healthy living, financial literacy, and creative expression.” And back in 2001, Ludacris founded his own educationally focused youth program, the Ludacris Foundation.

While the details about Minaj’s new charity have not yet been released, optimists hope her contributions may help put a dent in the $1.2 trillion dollars of student debt in the U.S. today.

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.