Policy Chats
Policy Chats
May 20, 2022
The Impact of the Student Debt Crisis (with Cody Hounanian)
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In this episode, Executive Director of the Student Debt Crisis Center Cody Hounanian talks with a student from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the student debt crisis.

About Cody Hounanian:

Cody Hounanian began his work with Student Debt Crisis Center working on issues like consumer protection policies and student loan refinancing. As executive director, Cody oversees the budget and program management of SDCC and is in charge of day-to-day operations.

Learn more about Cody Hounanian via https://studentdebtcrisis.org/about/

Podcast Highlights:

“When you have a debt burden of 1.7 trillion dollars and you have 42 million Americans impacted, it's an issue that cannot be ignored today.”

-       Cody Hounanian on the topic of the debt ballooning exponentially. 

“And we're now looking at a scenario in our society in which many people do not think higher education provides enough benefits and it's because debt has stripped all those benefits away.”

-       Cody Hounanian on the conversation of attending college and its benefits.

“We need to stop treating it as if it's only about the bottom line as if we're running a bank.”

-       Cody Hounanian on the topic of the greedy nature of student loans. 


Cody Hounanian (Executive Director of SDCC)


Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

Music by:

C Codaine



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This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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