The rapper Nicki Minaj spent the evening giving away money to select fans to pay for their education.

The American rapper offered to fly fans out to her studio for a visit, or to the Billboard Music Awards, who recorded videos of them dancing to her latest single Regret In Your Tears. But instead of a flight and chance to meet the star, @cjbydesign asked Minaj, "Well you wanna pay my tuition?"

For young people studying in the US, this offer was too good to be true.

Data from the US federal government says that 44 million Americans owe $1.4 trillion (£1.08 trillion) in student loans.

On average, students who graduated in 2016 each owe $37,172 in loans – a 6% increase over those graduating in 2015.

And Minaj, who is worth an estimated $70m, agreed – on condition that CJ, whose Twitter describes him a "student" and "creative being" has good grades.

CJ seemed to have met Minaj's conditions, as he later tweeted that she had paid money towards his tuition fees.

More of Minaj's fans jumped on the songwriter's offer and sent her tweets detailing their financial problems and photos of their report cards.

Over those few hours, Minaj promised to send cash to 30 of her fans in the next two days, paying out around $20,000. And then promised to do another giveaway in a couple of months.

Minaj's offer came after Beyoncé offered scholarships for four young African-American women. The superstar offered to pay towards four young women studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies at Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.