There are numerous issues here that need to be addressed. When did you enter the U.S.? Did you seek I-20 towards your admission to the University? Consult with a competent immigration attorney to assist you with your situation.
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Your stay is considered authorized by the AG for as long as you are intending to attend classes. However, it is not a valid nonimmigrant status for purposes of a COS again.
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Usually, the F-1 change of status takes six months to complete. It does not have anything to do with the transfer. You are OK as your H-4 is still valid. If it expired, then you are in a stay authorized by the attorney general since you applied for the COS before your H-4 expired.
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Cannot be determined on the facts posted. Status is controlled by the I-94.
You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through http://www.ailalawyer.com.
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