If you're attending an accredited online college, you may be able to qualify for a federal grant. Unlike student loans, most grants don't need to be repaid. It's basically free money for tuition, books, and other college-related expenses.
Grants are available for online students coming from low-income families, demonstrating academic excellence in certain fields, planning to fill the need for specific public service careers, and other qualifiers. Find out which federal grant options might be available to you.