MINNEAPOLIS - Student loan debt can be a heavy burden for young people making their way through college.

But on Sunday at the U of M, Minnesota native and comedian Maria Bamford did her best to help a couple of students lighten that load.

During her speech, she asked if any students had outstanding loan debt. Then, she proceeded to hand a $5,000 check to two of them.

"It was very, very unexpected and it could have been anyone," said Alyse Mone, one of the recipients. "So I was just really grateful to be at the right place at the right time, you know?"

Moné and Elisha Johnson, the other person who received a check, each have more than $45,000 in loan debt. And both of them said they'd like to pay the gift forward.

"It gave me that much more inspiration, motivation, to keep pushing forward," Johnson said. "So yeah, that definitely made me want to do it in the future."