Nicki Minaj agrees to pay tuition fees for fans

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US rapper Nicki Minaj has said she will pay some of her fans' college tuition fees if they can prove they get straight A grades.

The star agreed to shell out thousands of dollars for college expenses in a Twitter giveaway - and said she will pay more in the future.

Minaj, 34, had been posting about a competition which gives fans the chance to meet her.

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When one of her 20 million followers asked if she would consider paying her tuition fees instead, the rapper replied: "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?"

Several more cash-strapped students then posted messages asking Minaj for help.

They detailed their financial troubles and some attached evidence of their grades and fees.

Most people asked for hundreds of dollars but one Twitter user named Josh requested 6,000 dollars (£4,600) for his "16 credit classes, room & board, meal plan, technology fee & books that I would need for the classes".

Minaj replied: "Ok. I'll pay it. If u have proof."

Overall the star chose around 30 fans to help.

When she signed off she promised she would give more students a helping hand in the coming weeks.

"Ok u guys. It's been fun. Let me make those payments tmrw then see if I have any money left," Minaj tweeted, adding a laughing face emoji.

"I'll do some more in a month or 2," she added.