Four deserving Sallie Mae customers will join New Orleans' own Dee-1, the former middle school teacher turned hip-hop artist, for a special announcement and luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11:30 a.m. CST at Calcasieu. The announcement will recognize the winners of Sallie Mae's and Dee-1's "Pays to Repay" contest, which rewarded customers who creatively described how paying for college had a positive effect on their future.


New Orleans' own Dee-1, former educator turned hip-hop artist and motivational speaker, in partnership with Sallie Mae, the nation's saving, planning, and paying for college company.

Dee-1 and Sallie Mae representatives will host a luncheon to announce the winners of Dee-1's "Pays to Repay" contest. Each will have their Sallie Mae student loan paid off by the company.
Interview and photo opportunities will be available with Dee-1, Sallie Mae representatives, and the contest winners.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST

(Media encouraged to arrive at 11:15 a.m. for set-up)


930 Tchoupitoulas Street

New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

In addition to Dee-1's "Pays to Repay" contest, Sallie Mae and Dee-1 recently partnered for " Dee-1's Knowledge for College" Tour, which awarded $95,000 in scholarships to high school students in five states. Together, Sallie Mae and Dee-1 have awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships and loan payments to students and customers across the country.

Dee-1 and Sallie Mae also released the " Pay Off Your Student Loans Playlist," a set of tips, tools, and resources to help students understand and manage student loan payments.

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Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM) is the nation's saving, planning, and paying for college company. Whether college is a long way off or just around the corner, Sallie Mae offers products that promote responsible personal finance, including private education loans, Upromise rewards, scholarship search, college financial planning tools, and online retail banking. Learn more at Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.

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