Announcing the 2015-2016 CHET
Advance Scholarship

CHET Advance Scholarship is a program offered by the Connecticut State Treasurer's Office to help students pay for college. This academic year, CHET Advance will award up to $500,000 in scholarships to Connecticut high school freshmen and seniors during the Fall of 2015.

Up to 200 scholarships will be awarded. For seniors, the scholarship award will be $2,500. For freshmen, $2,000 will be set aside initially, and each student has the opportunity to receive an additional $500 match for a total award of $2,500. To qualify for the match, the student's family must contribute $500 to their own CHET 529 college savings account for the winning student, by the time the student graduates from high school.

  • Up to 100 scholarships will be awarded to high school SENIORS
  • Up to 100 scholarships will be awarded to high school FRESHMEN

To ensure there are winners across the state, no more than 40 winners from each of Connecticut's five Congressional Districts will be drawn. Winners will be selected after October 6, 2015 and notified via email.

The CHET Advance Scholarship Application Period is Monday August 24, 2015 through Tuesday October 6, 2015

Up to 200 scholarships will be awarded. For seniors, the scholarship award will be $2,500. For freshmen, $2,000 will be set aside initially, and each student has the opportunity to receive an additional $500 match for a total award of $2,500. To qualify for the match, the student's family must contribute $500 to their own CHET 529 college savings account for the winning student, by the time the student graduates from high school.

  • Up to 100 scholarships will be awarded to high school SENIORS
  • Up to 100 scholarships will be awarded to high school FRESHMEN

To ensure there are winners across the state, no more than 40 winners from each of Connecticut's five Congressional Districts will be drawn. Winners will be selected after October 6, 2015 and notified via email.

Application Period: Monday August 24,2015 -
Tuesday October 6, 2015

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a freshman or senior attending high school and qualify under one of the following two categories:

Category 1:
A high school located in Connecticut, including a public, private, or parochial high school, other than a Review or Turnaround school (as listed on www.chetadvance.com). Also includes home-schooled students in Connecticut and students that attend a high school located outside of Connecticut when either the student, or at least one of the student's parents or guardian, reside in Connecticut.

Category 2:
A high school designated by the Connecticut Department of Education as a Review or Turnaround high school as of August 2015. Senior applicants must have a grade point average of 2.0 or above. No grade point average criteria for freshmen applicants. Applicants must intend to enroll as a student in an accredited college or university no later than September 30, 2017 for senior applicants, and September 30, 2020 for freshmen applicants.

CHET ADVANCE HISTORY

Connecticut Treasurer Denise L. Nappier established the CHET Advance Scholarship program to encourage students and their families to save for college expenses, as well as to help ease the financial burdens faced by prospective college students. The program launched during the 2013-2014 academic year, and to date has provided $1 million in scholarships to nearly 200 prospective college students. Learn more about CHET Advance prior year programs.

In 2014, the program awarded $2,500 scholarships to 100 high school juniors and initial $2,000 scholarships to sixth-grade students. The sixth graders have the opportunity to receive an additional $500 if the student's family saves $500 in a CHET account by the time the student goes to college. Learn more by downloading our fact sheet for sixth graders and for 11th graders.

In 2013, the program awarded $2,500 scholarships to 200 Connecticut high school seniors. The scholarship awards will be paid directly to the students' colleges, starting in the fall of 2014.

No state funds will be 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.

The CHET Advance Scholarship is an annual program offered by the Connecticut State Treasurer's Office to help Connecticut students pay for college.
State of Connecticut Treasurer's Office