A counter, courtesy of Student Debt Alert, that shows the total amount current and past students are on the hook for, WITHOUT interest. It was at $413 billion last I checked. Pretty close to the 2004, 2005 and projected 2006 budget deficits, all around $400 billion.
That's less than 25% of the nation's total consumer debt, a little over $2 trillion,
5% of the national debt, north of $8 trillion,
and 0.7% of the figure that dwarfs them all, the $53 trillion projected bill for Social Security and Medicare.