Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Connecticut State Treasurer

CHET Baby Scholars

Congratulations on your new baby! Time to let CHET help you get started saving for college.

The CHET Baby Scholars program provides up to $250 toward a newborn's future college costs.

Who’s eligible?

  • Babies born in and who reside in Connecticut, who are less than a year old.
  • Adopted children who reside in Connecticut, before the first anniversary of the adoption.

Read the CHET Baby Scholars information brochure and the Official Rules of the program

How does it work?

Once you open your account and enroll in CHET Baby Scholars, CHET will automatically deposit $100 into your account.

If the account is opened with $150 (or more) the full $250 match will be triggered. If you open your account with less than $150, your account will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Once at least $150 in additional contributions is received into the account and before the child turns four, an additional $150 match will be triggered. Any earnings growth will not be counted toward the $150; the full $150 must be actual contributions.

Sign-up for Baby Scholars

Before you can enroll in Baby Scholars you first have to open a CHET account. It's easy. We'll walk you through the steps. Start by making a selection below.


Step One: Open a CHET account

We have two ways to open a CHET account:

Online – We make it easy for you to open a CHET account online. Once you do, and you have your new account number, you can come back to enroll in Baby Scholars. Click here to open an account online.

Via paper application – you can download and read the Disclosure Book and print an application, request an Enrollment Kit be mailed to you, or call a CHET representative at 877-253-8104. If you open your account via paper application, simply check the box for Baby Scholars on the form and you are done (no need to enroll online).

Step Two: Enroll in Baby Scholars

Complete the form below to enroll in Baby Scholars. You'll need your CHET account number which can be found when logged in to your account or on your quarterly account statement.

Parent, Guardian or Grandparent
Parent, Guardian or Grandparent

Please provide your CHET account number found on your new account confirmation or account statement. Or, log into your account to find your account number.


Verification * (This ensures that you are who you say you are)

By completing this form, you are giving permission to TIAA-CREF and CHET to send to you additional information on their products and services.

CHET Baby Scholars is a program of CHET, the State of Connecticut's 529, tax advantaged college savings plan.