Michigan States newspaper (The State News) has an informative article by a recent graduate, Caron Creighton, who accumulated $30,000 in debt. She writes, The American expectation that a student simply can get a summer job to pay for college and graduate with limited debt and countless job prospects is completely skewed and not at all applicable to todays society. She also points to information published by Bridge Magazine which presents a snapshot of college debt at Michigan State. It turns out that the change in the total amount of student loans at Michigan State increased 49% from 2007-2010.