In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt. While the “Last Week Tonight” episode focuses mainly on thieving for-profit schools (replete with a form letter of complaint you can happily send to any of the soulless institutions you deem necessary), Oliver explains that they are not the entirety of the problem seeing as “Our leaders have decided that while education is incredibly important, it is not important enough to actually pay for.”

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