It helps to know how much you owe on student loans. If nothing else, you can start planning for that great day when you've got them all paid off. There is one government website to check that can tell you in minutes how much you have left to pay.

Visit the National Student Loan Data System website at nslds.ed.gov.

Click the financial aid review tab in the upper left hand side of the home page.

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Complete the requested information to pass the security screening. You will need your social security number and possibly some numbers related to the loans. When the system verifies your identify, you will be shown all of your loans and grants. The outstanding total owed is shown at the bottom of the page.

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