Must-see morning clip: John Oliver urges viewers to take a stand against student debt

The comedian goes after for-profit universities

Published September 8, 2014 1:48PM (EDT)

A 16-minute clip on John Oliver's essential program "Last Week Tonight" serves as an incredible PSA for aspiring college graduates who are looking into for-profit college programs. The message from Oliver: Don't do it!

On Sunday night's program, the comedian pulled back the curtain of successful marketing and advertising campaigns from schools like DeVry University and Corinthian College to reveal how these schools prey on low-income and disenfranchised communities.

If you feel impassioned after Oliver's segment (and it's hard not to), you can write to the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities to let them know how you feel. Oliver made it pretty easy, even supplying a letter. It's perfect:

By Prachi Gupta

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