Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Connecticut State Treasurer
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Share Your Dream and You Could Win Big.

CT K-8th Graders: The 2020 CHET Dream Big! Competition is all about your future and the future of the world around you. We want you to Dream Big! about what you want to do after college and how you’ll make a difference in your local community or the world.

Think about how college may help you achieve your dreams and share them in an original drawing or essay (based on your grade). You could win a $1,000 CHET account contribution that can help pay for college.

Grades K-3:
Show us what you want to be after you go to college, in an original drawing.

Grades 4-8:
Share how you will make a difference in your community or the world after you go to college—through your job, an idea, or community service—in an original essay.

The CHET Dream Big! Competition runs from February 3, 2020 to March 31, 2020.

Mailed entries must be postmarked March 31, 2020, and received by April 7, 2020.

Student & School Prizes

  • Four $1,000 Grand Prizes:
    One winner statewide from each grade group (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8) will receive a $1,000 CHET account contribution.
  • Forty-four $529 County Prizes:
    Four winners from each county, one from each grade group (K‑1, 2‑3, 4‑5 and 6‑8), plus 12 statewide judges’ picks will receive a $529 CHET account contribution.
  • Eight $500 School Prizes:
    The school in each county that submits more than 50 entries and has the greatest percentage of completed student entries will be awarded $500.

Questions? Email us here.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by the Office of Connecticut State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. and CHET.


“Encouraging young Connecticut students to start thinking about and planning for college as early as possible is crucial to their future success. And as the owner of CHET accounts for my two sons, I can’t think of a better way to get started than by taking part in this fun and thought-provoking competition.”

Connecticut State Treasurer and Trustee for CHET Shawn T. Wooden