I'm a poor college student and don't have much savings to cover books and supplies. My parents are covering most of my tuition (I only have $170 in loans that went straight to tuition for this year), so they can't really help me with the other parts. I'm taking 19 credit hours at a rather difficult school, so I don't really want to get a job on campus. I will work over the summer but need money so I can buy my books next semester. Would taking out a small loan be a viable option so I can have a cash cushion that I feel more comfortable with? If so, where would I look so it's a student loan that won't go directly to the school but that will go to me? What are the different sorts of student loans available? I don't really understand the classifications. Is there a website that could help me out?