Make college happen—with help from Dee-1

Hip-hop artist Dee-1 bridged his dream—he went to college and found his passion for music and teaching. Now he’s hitting the road with us to share his story, teach students about the importance of college, and encourage counselors and community leaders to nominate students for a $25K Bridging the Dream Scholarship. Plus, he’s performing his hit song, “Sallie Mae Back.”

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Dee-1's planning-for-college tips

Why go to college?

  • It’s an investment in your future.
  • You’ll have career options.
  • You’ll meet new people and make connections you’ll value the rest of your life.

How to pay for college?

Why a degree matters?

  • You can make more money if you have a college degree.
  • Earn the return on money you’ve spent. Remember, you’ll have to repay student loans even if you don’t graduate—and that will be much harder without a degree.

In 2016, Dee-1 and Sallie Mae teamed up for a successful tour in five states, giving away $95,000 for college, and inspiring more than 3,000 high school students. See Dee-1 in action.

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I had a huge dream to graduate college and it changed my life forever. Now, I want to help inspire high school students to bridge their dreams and make college happen.

— Dee-1

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Dee-1 is compensated by Sallie Mae for his involvement with the Bridging the Dream Tour; however, all views and opinions expressed by Dee-1 are solely his own.