If things stay the same, the Minnesota State Grant Program will grant more aid than it has this year, a report shows. So the "rationing" will begin. Again.

Legislators will decide how to cut back on awards. Those awards are based on a complex formula that takes into account tuition at the school the student attends and what a family is expected to contribute, among other things.

Changing different parts of that formula will affect students differently, often depending on the kind of school they attend. State grants follow students to all kinds of higher education, including 2- and 4-year public schools, for-profit colleges and nonprofit privates.

It's a tricky issue, but I'm interested in what you think. How should the state slim down awards this year? Cut from the highest-incomes? Make across-the-board cuts that affect all students equally? Take for-profit schools out of the mix?

Creative solutions appreciated.