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Frequently Asked Questions about the 2017-2018 CHET Advance Scholarship Program

For CHET Advance Scholarship Seniors | For CHET Advance Scholarship 9 Freshmen


For CHET Advance Scholarship Seniors


Who is the sponsor of the CHET Advance Scholarship?

Who manages the selection process?
To assure complete impartiality in the selection of recipients, International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a firm that specializes in managing sponsored college scholarship programs, manages the selection process.


Who is eligible to apply?
Senior applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

Note: Any otherwise eligible high school senior whose parent is, or if the student resides in the household of, an employee of the Office of the State Treasurer, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing Inc., The Hartford or ISTS is ineligible to participate in the CHET Advance Scholarship, if such employee provides direct support to the CHET Advance Scholarship or, in the case of employees of The Hartford, its 529 programs.


When is the application deadline?
October 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. EDT.


How do I apply?


What are the selection criteria?
Winners will be selected from all eligible applicants who submit a complete entry form to participate in the Drawings before the deadline of 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The Drawings will be held sometime after the October 3, 2017 deadline and will be conducted by ISTS. If it is determined at any time after the Drawing that a selected winner does not meet the eligibility requirements as set for above, the selected winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be randomly selected.

Decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. A selected winner who does not meet the eligibility requirements will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be randomly selected.

What are the details of the award?
Up to 100 scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to high school seniors through a random drawing of all eligible students who complete an online application before the program deadline. There are two categories:

Bridgeport School District

Bassick High School

Bridgeport School District

Bridgeport Military Academy

Bridgeport School District

Harding High School

Danbury School District

Alternative Center For Excellence

Explorations District

Explorations (Winsted)

Hartford School District

Bulkeley High School Lower School

Hartford School District

Capital Community College Magnet Academy

Hartford School District

Culinary Arts Academy

Hartford School District

HPHS Law and Government Academy

New Haven School District

James Hillhouse High School

New Haven School District

High School In The Community

Norwalk School District

Norwalk Pathways Academy at Briggs

Stamford Academy District

Stamford Academy

Waterbury School District

Crosby High School

Waterbury School District

Wilby High School

Note that students who attend a Turnaround school, and therefore fall in to Category 2, will also be included in the larger Category 1 applicant pool.

There will be separate, random drawings (Drawings) to select 100 total senior winners as follows:

Further, to ensure winners are selected from across the state, there will be five (5) drawings for Category 1– one drawing for each of Connecticut’s five Congressional Districts. For each Congressional District, fifteen (15) winners will be selected from Category 1. If less than fifteen applications are received for any Congressional District from senior applicants, then winners will be selected from the pool of eligible applications received in any given District and category. For Category 2, twenty five (25) winners will be selected from the Category 2 applicant pool. A maximum of five winners may be from any one school.

The scholarships must be applied toward any qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and required supplies and equipment at eligible education institutions, which generally include accredited, postsecondary education institutions offering credit toward a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, a graduate level or professional degree or another recognized postsecondary credential, including certain proprietary institutions and postsecondary technical and vocational schools and certain institutions in foreign countries.

Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.


Is this scholarship renewable?
No.


Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?
You should list your first choice on the application.


How do I change my college choice?
You may update your final school choice on the My Profile page at https://aim.applyists.net. If you are chosen to receive an award, it will be your responsibility to make sure your college is updated at least 30 days prior to the check issue date stated in the award notification so your check can be issued accordingly. This will not update any application or acceptance forms; however, all awards are issued based on the My Profile page.


How do I know if my application is complete?
Allow five to seven business days after uploading documents for your online status to update. You may monitor your status of your application on your home page at aim.applyists.net:

You may also monitor the status of your attachments and recommendations (if applicable):

It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the progress of all application requirements to make sure the application is complete. The status Complete will display on the home page when all forms have been submitted and all documents have been verified.


I uploaded a document that no longer displays on my application. Do I need to submit it again?
Previously uploaded documents that are no longer displayed with a status on the home page have been rejected. The most common reasons for a rejected document are as follows:

Refer to the upload section of your application for the details of the required documents and upload a new file that meets the criteria stated.


How do I upload more than one file at a time?
You may create a .zip file containing more than one file as long as everything included is in an acceptable format (i.e. pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp and .xps.)


Where and when should I send my supporting documents?
The required supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application by the application deadline. If you do not follow the upload instructions exactly, your application may not be considered. Documents that meet the criteria required for the scholarship application, and are uploaded by the deadline, will be processed and considered on time.


How and when will I receive notification?
Notifications are sent to recipients and applicants not selected to receive an award via email. For recipients, an Acceptance link will be displayed on the home page following the notification.

Add donotreply@applyists.com and contactus@applyists.com to your email address book or “safe senders list” to ensure these important emails are not sent to your junk mail folder.

Do not ‘opt out’ of any email sent from donotreply@applyists.com or contactus@applyists.com. You may not receive vital information regarding your scholarship applications.

A list of winners of the CHET Advance Scholarship awards will be available at www.chetadvance.com after all drawings are complete and all winners are verified.

Note: Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ISTS for which you may be eligible to apply. We will not provide your email address to any third-parties.


What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?
You must confirm your award no later than 30 calendar days after winner notifications are sent, begin school no later than September 30, 2019, deliver your scholarship check(s) to the proper office at your institution, and notify ISTS should your check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date.


How and when are checks issued?
Generally, award checks will be mailed out in early August each year. Award recipients who have reached the pay- out timeframe per the scholarship rules, will receive an email from ISTS with instructions on how to request the award. Students will need to log in to their account at https://aim.applyists.net and complete the requested information including the name of the college or university they will be attending, and confirmation of the correct home mailing address. Checks will be made payable to the school, and mailed to the student’s home address on file with ISTS.


Are scholarships taxable?
Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against his or her scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance. You may also consult IRS Publication 970 for further information.


Questions
For additional information regarding the scholarship program click here or call toll free (855)-670-ISTS (4787).




Frequently Asked Questions

For CHET Advance Scholarship 9 Freshmen


Who is the sponsor of the CHET Advance Scholarship?

Who manages the selection process?
To assure complete impartiality in the selection of recipients, International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a firm that specializes in managing sponsored college scholarship programs, manages the selection process.


Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

Note: Any otherwise eligible high school senior whose parent is, or if the student resides in the household of, an employee of the Office of the State Treasurer, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing Inc., The Hartford or ISTS is ineligible to participate in the CHET Advance Scholarship, if such employee provides direct support to the CHET Advance Scholarship or, in the case of employees of The Hartford, its 529 programs.


When is the application deadline?
October 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. EDT.


How do I apply?


What are the selection criteria?
Winners will be selected from all eligible applicants who submit a complete entry form to participate in the Drawings before the deadline of Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The Drawings will be held sometime after the October 3, 2017 deadline and will be conducted by ISTS. If it is determined at any time after the Drawing that a selected winner does not meet the eligibility requirements as set for above, the selected winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be randomly selected.

Decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. A selected winner who does not meet the eligibility requirements will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be randomly selected.

What are the details of the award?
The Sponsor will set aside a $2,000 scholarship award for up to 100 high school freshman selected and verified by ISTS. Each winner will have the opportunity to receive an additional $500 match, for a total potential award of $2,500. To qualify for the match, the student winner’s parent, guardian or other individual must open an individual CHET 529 college savings account, with the student winner named as Beneficiary of the account, and must contribute $500 or more to the account by May 30th of the student’s senior year of high school.

There are two categories of winners:

Bridgeport School District

Bassick High School

Bridgeport School District

Bridgeport Military Academy

Bridgeport School District

Harding High School

Danbury School District

Alternative Center For Excellence

Explorations District

Explorations (Winsted)

Hartford School District

Bulkeley High School Lower School

Hartford School District

Capital Community College Magnet Academy

Hartford School District

Culinary Arts Academy

Hartford School District

HPHS Law and Government Academy

New Haven School District

James Hillhouse High School

New Haven School District

High School In The Community

Norwalk School District

Norwalk Pathways Academy at Briggs

Stamford Academy District

Stamford Academy

Waterbury School District

Crosby High School

Waterbury School District

Wilby High School

Note that students who attend a Turnaround school, and therefore fall in to Category 2, will also be included in the larger Category 1 applicant pool.

There will be separate, random drawings (Drawings) to select 100 total freshman winners as follows:

Further, to ensure winners are selected from across the state, there will be five (5) drawings for Category 1– one drawing for each of Connecticut’s five Congressional Districts. For each Congressional District, fifteen (15) winners will be selected from Category 1. If less than fifteen applications are received for any Congressional District from senior applicants, then winners will be selected from the pool of eligible applications received in any given District and category. For Category 2, twenty five (25) winners will be selected from the Category 2 applicant pool. A maximum of five winners may be from any one school.

The scholarships must be applied toward any qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and required supplies and equipment at eligible education institutions, which generally include accredited, postsecondary education institutions offering credit toward a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, a graduate level or professional degree or another recognized postsecondary credential, including certain proprietary institutions and postsecondary technical and vocational schools and certain institutions in foreign countries.

Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.


Is this scholarship renewable?
No.


How do I know if my application is complete?
Allow five to seven business days after uploading documents for your online status to update. You may monitor your status of your application on your home page at aim.applyists.net:

You may also monitor the status of your attachments and recommendations (if applicable):

It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the progress of all application requirements to make sure the application is complete. The status Complete will display on the home page when all forms have been submitted and all documents have been verified.


How and when will I receive notification?
Notifications are sent to recipients and applicants not selected to receive an award via email. For recipients, an Acceptance link will be displayed on the home page following the notification.

Add donotreply@applyists.com and contactus@applyists.com to your email address book or “safe senders list” to ensure these important emails are not sent to your junk mail folder.

Do not ‘opt out’ of any email sent from donotreply@applyists.com or contactus@applyists.com. You may not receive vital information regarding your scholarship applications.

A list of winners of the CHET Advance Scholarship awards will be available at www.chetadvance.com after all drawings are complete and all winners are verified.

Note: Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ISTS for which you may be eligible to apply. We will not provide your email address to any third-parties.


What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?
You must confirm your award no later than 30 calendar days after winner notifications are sent, begin school no later than September 30, 2022, deliver your scholarship check(s) to the proper office at your institution, and notify ISTS should your check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date.


How and when are checks issued?
Generally, award checks will be mailed out in early August each year. Award recipients who have reached the pay- out timeframe per the scholarship rules, will receive an email from ISTS with instructions on how to request the award. Students will need to log in to their account at https://aim.applyists.net and complete the requested information including the name of the college or university they will be attending, and confirmation of the correct home mailing address. Checks will be made payable to the school, and mailed to the student’s home address on file with ISTS.


Are scholarships taxable?
Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against his or her scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance. You may also consult IRS Publication 970 for further information.


Who do I contact if I have other questions?
For additional information regarding the scholarship program click here or call toll free (855)-670-ISTS (4787).


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