The Pell Grant maximum is six years of max award, or the 600% rule. And the Stafford loan maximum limit is $57,500 for undergraduates. So, if you qualify for either type of aid, you can figure out what you have left to tap of each type, so if you switch schools, you'll know where you will be starting out with financial aid. I've gone to a CC for 60 credits- but a lot of the required classes I needed for my goal are not available (offered) when they were needed, so a lot of my credits are basically filler- and won't transfer, either. I'm going to switch to another CC and start over with a program that offers all the classes, in a logical pathway, to get the degree. Since I have used less than half of the aid available, I ought to be able to go two more years fully covered. The new school advisor told me people do this 'all the time'. The issue with me is- why does the old school offer a degree program, then NOT offer all of the classes required, in sequence and by order of prerequisite, etc...that would allow a program to be completed? Again, I'll offer my opinion that these schools are in business to make money, not necessarily to act in the best interests of their customers (students)?