I am in a rather unusual situation. Many years ago, I took a lot of classes at community colleges (I live in the US) without regard to those pesky things called "grades," and I generally had a don't-give-a-crap sort of attitude about things. Well, now that I've been away from college for a while doing other things (like maturing), I've gone back to (community) college and I'm now getting a 4.0 (on a 4 point scale) and I'm in Phi Theta Kappa. My problem is that I have such a huge amount of attempted hours that I likely will not qualify for federal financial aid (Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, etc) at my nearby preferred universities because of SAP issues (In a nutshell, once you have a certain amount of attempted hours and no degree you are simply no longer eligible for federal aid). I know that different colleges have different ways of calculating things and different policies for merit based (non federal) scholarships and such, so I am looking for colleges that have favorable policies in this regard. I am also very interested in hearing from people who have had jobs within colleges working with these sort of issues. Is there anyone that has been in a similar situation? I am not, however, interested in hearing about how big of an idiot I was in my youth. I already know this. I am interested in colleges that have reasonable programs in subjects such as physics or engineering physics, or perhaps bioengineering or electrical engineering or something reasonably related to one or more of these. I am open to non-US institutions as well if I can do it cheaply. Thanks.