A tour like no other
Hip-hop artist Dee-1 is hitting the road with us for year two of the Knowledge for College tour. At each stop, he’ll issue a personal challenge to high school students to make college a part of their mission, share his story, and perform his hit song, “Sallie Mae Back.” Plus, one lucky student will win a $5,000 scholarship for college.1
Dee-1’s Knowledge for College tips
Why go to college?
- You can make more money if you have a college degree.
- 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?
- Get your share of the $120 billion the government sets aside for students by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Max out on free money. Apply for as many scholarships as possible!
- If you need a loan, don’t borrow more than what you expect your salary will be after you graduate.
Why a degree matters?
- The degree is your key to finding a fulfilling future. Take pride in setting a goal and seeing it through.
- 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.
I want high school students to understand why it’s important to go to college and why it’s important to graduate. I don’t want to just tell them to do it.