Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Connecticut State Treasurer
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Start or continue your CHET Advance Scholarship application beginning January 21, 2020.

To be eligible for this award you must:

  • Be a high school freshman (in the 9th grade) in the 2019-20 academic year
  • Be at least 13 years of age
  • Attend a high school located in the state of Connecticut
    Be home-schooled in Connecticut
    You or your parent/guardian must maintain legal residence in Connecticut while you attend a school outside of Connecticut
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, or C average, at the time of application
  • Intend to begin a higher education program (undergraduate degree, vocational/technical program, etc.) no later than September 30, 2024

    If you wish to be considered for a Merit scholarship, you must also complete the Civic Engagement Assignment, where you will select a civic, community or political leader to interview and then complete a series of questions and required fields on the application. 

    To ensure complete impartiality in the selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism and security, all aspects of the scholarship application process (including selection) are administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent company that specializes in managing sponsored educational assistance 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.

    CHET Advance