Nicki Minaj takes the “Young Money” title very seriously.
The “High School” rapper took college fees to school, casually offering to help dozens of students pay their tuition and loans. It all started on Saturday, May 6 when Minaj spent the evening retweeting fans who were promoting her new single “Regret In Your Tears” and upcoming Billboard Music Awards performance.
In what prompted a generous and organic development, one fan asked Minaj if she would be willing to pay the student’s tuition. “Well you wanna pay for my tuition?,” the Twitter user probed. Minaj replied within minutes: “Show me straight A’s that I can verify with your school and I’ll pay it… Who wants to join that contest?!?! Dead serious. Should I set it up?”
The tweet, which has been liked over 53,000 times as of this writing, resulted in swarms of fans posting their GPAs and student loan statements. Minaj, 34, started conversing with different fans, asking them how she could help ease their burdens.
She even offered to help an immigrant pay for college classes.
One fan asked for a cool thousand dollars, which seemed to sound like pocket change to the “Anaconda” rapper.
The Grammy nominee ultimately offered financial support to more than 30 people and although she joked that her wallet was aching, Minaj also suggested she may offer to donate more money to students in the near future.
True to her word, Minaj paid off all those students debts — and capped that off by revealing plans to launch a new charity.
“This makes me so happy. [A few from the other day] I’ll do another impromptu payment spree in a month or 2 but pls know that I’m launching my official charity for Student Loans/Tuition Payments VERY SOON!” she wrote on Instagram, accompanying a screen shot of some of the payments that she made. “You’ll be able to officially sign up! I’ll keep you posted!”
Minaj has long been an advocate for education. During a 2011 sit-down on “The Ellen DeGeneeres Show”, the rapper told two viral video sensations, “I just want you to stay in school, the both of you. Music is beautiful, but I want you to stay in school. Put your books first and singing second.”