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Congratulations to the 2019-2020 CHET Advance Scholarship recipients! View list of winners here

Information about the 2019–2020 scholarship:

High School Freshmen had the opportunity to receive a $2,023 scholarship plus a potential $500 match to pay for college!

You'll be freshmen again in four years and we're giving you and your college savings a chance to grow. This year we're awarding over $500,000 to help more than 220 Connecticut 9th grade students prepare for college costs.

In January State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden, Trustee for CHET, announced this year's scholarship and a new civic engagement merit award.

New for the 2019-20 School Year:

  • Students who complete a civic engagement assignment could receive up to a $2,523* award. Learn more on the Civic Award page.
  • 224 scholarships exclusively for high school freshmen.
  • 160 $2,523* merit scholarships
  • 64 $1,750* scholarships
  • 32 scholarships reserved for Technical High School students
  • At least 20 winners from every Connecticut county

    *Includes a $500 match if $500 is saved in a CHET Account by December of your senior year of high school.

    “CHET is dedicated to helping Connecticut families find ways to afford college. By offering a scholarship program to our youngest high schoolers across the state, we’re allowing account contributions more time to grow so by the time students start to draw on these accounts, compounding interest has had a chance to do its job.”

    CT State Treasurer and Trustee for CHET Shawn T. Wooden

    No state funds are used for the scholarship awards issued under the CHET Advance Scholarship program. CHET Advance is administered under the banner of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust, Connecticut's 529 college savings plan. TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI) and The Hartford, plan managers for CHET Direct-Sold and CHET Advisor-Sold, respectively, contribute annually into a Scholarship account to finance the Scholarship program, under their contracts with the Treasurer's Office to manage the CHET programs.

    State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden, as Trustee of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET), is the sponsor of the CHET Advance Scholarship.

    CHET Advance Scholarship is funded by TIAA Tuition Financing, Inc. and The Hartford, plan managers for CHET Direct-Sold and CHET Advisor-Sold programs respectively; no state funds or CHET account participant fees are used for awards. International Scholarship and Tuition Services, which has more than 25 years of scholarship administration experience, manages the application process with oversight from TIAA and the State Treasurer’s Office.

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