The latest news on Pell grants
The government tells financial aid offices to help families whose incomes have changed.
Direct lending volume is up, too, rising $7.1 billion from last year.
Experts say the tax credits probably won't help much, but the Pell grant increase could work.
Proposed changes could increase maximum award by $500.
A new study says most top institutions lag behind the national average.
U.S. News takes the percentage of Pell grant recipients into account when assessing graduation rate performance.