For many people, paying college tuition is a struggle, and so some students are forced to get creative to pay off those loans. On Saturday, one bold Twitter user took a wild swing and asked Nicki Minaj if she wanted to pay his tuition, and the rapper gave an unexpected answer. Minaj agreed to pay the fees, and extended the offer to any fan with straight A's. And while asking a celeb to help out with tuition isn't a new strategy, when fans reach out in this way, it is usually a joke. Most stars would have dismissed the request as such, but not Minaj, who used it as an opportunity to give back to her hard-working, dedicated fans.
Earlier in the evening, Minaj was advertising a different giveaway, which would give a listener the chance to accompany her to the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas and into the recording studio. The challenge was to record a video singing along to "Regret In Your Tears", and to hashtag it with #NickiBBMAs. When the pop star opened the opportunity up for the international audience as well, one fan had other plans. Instead of trying to participate in the contest, the user hit Minaj back with the different, college-centric request.
When the fan reached out, he probably wasn't expecting a response back from the star. But instead of laughing off the bold ask, Minaj offered to foot the bill as long as Straight A report cards were involved. She also decided to open up the opportunity to more of her followers, and asked if any other student fans might be interested.
Show me straight A's that I can verify w/ur school and I'll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?!🤷🏽♀️ Dead serious. Shld I set it up? https://t.co/czH715u64a— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
This contest, not surprisingly, was just as popular as the chance to attend the awards. School-bound fans started tweeting their academic records and asking Minaj for help.
Ok do u need help w/tuition or do u have a full scholarship? https://t.co/q7ewfdNzCs— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
After hearing fans' stories, the Pinkprint creator decided the 4.0 GPA wasn't a deal-breaker. As the night went on, she offered assistance to fans studying all kinds of areas, and said she'd help pay for courses, books, and other materials.
That's it? I'll send it tmrw. dm me ur bank info babe. Next! https://t.co/i4TVmsqDoA— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
Over the course of the evening, Minaj scooped up over a dozen requests for help with aid. It's hard to get an exact number, but if all is actually paid out, she will have put a huge amount of money toward furthering her fans' educations. Even better, after ending the contest for the night, Minaj promised to bring back this particular giveaway in a few months to help even more fans out.
Ok u guys. It's been fun. Let me make those payments tmrw then see if I have any money left😂. I'll do some more in a month or 2. 😘😘😘💋💋💋💕💕🎀🎀🎀— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
It's pretty typical of Minaj to give back to her fanbase. The rapper often uses Twitter as a platform to acknowledge and reach out to those devoted to her music. While this was a particularly generous night, it's unlikely to be the last time the star gives back to her fan community.