Frequently Asked Questions about the CHET Advance Scholarship Program

 

No award issued under the CHET Advance Scholarship will use Connecticut state funds.

Who manages the selection process?

To ensure complete impartiality in selection of recipients, all aspects of the scholarship application process (including selection) are managed by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.

Who is eligible to apply?

High school seniors (12th graders) applying for the CHET Advance Scholarship must meet all the following criteria to be considered eligible:

High school freshman (9th graders) applying for the CHET Advance 9 Scholarship must meet all the following criteria to be considered eligible:

Note: Any otherwise eligible student 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.

Previous recipients of a CHET Advance 9 Scholarship are not eligible to reapply in their senior year.

Limit on applications: there is no limit for the total number of completed applications that can be submitted by all eligible students for the CHET Advance Scholarship or CHET Advance 9 Scholarship; however, each eligible student may only submit one (1) completed application.

When is the application deadline?

October 2, 2018 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

How to 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 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.  The drawings will be held sometime after the October 2, 2018 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?

CHET Advance Scholarship (high school seniors):

CHET Advance 9 Scholarship (high school freshmen):

The scholarships must be applied toward any qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and required supplies or equipment at eligible education institutions, which generally include accredited, postsecondary education institutions offering credit toward a bachelor’s degree, associate’s 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.

What are Category 1 and Category 2 schools?

For both grade groups, winners will be selected from two categories:

Alternative Center For Excellence HPHS* Law and Government Academy
Bassick High School HPHS* Nursing and Health Sciences Academy
Bridgeport Military Academy James Hillhouse High School
Brien McMahon High School John F. Kennedy High School
Brookfield High School New Britain High School
Bulkeley High School New Haven Academy
Capital Community College Magnet Academy Norwalk Pathways Academy at Briggs
Crosby High School Orville H. Platt High School
Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School South Windsor High School
Danbury High School Stamford Academy
Derby High School The Morgan School
Eli Whitney Technical High School Torrington High School
Emmett O'Brien Technical High School Watertown High School
Explorations West Haven High School
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School Westhill High School
Harding High School Wethersfield High School
High School In The Community Wilbur Cross High School
High School, Inc. Wilby High School
Hill Regional Career High School Windham High School
HPHS* Engineering and Green Technology Academy Windsor High School

* HPHS = Hartford Public High School

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.  If you are selected as a recipient, you will be prompted to confirm your institution choice when you request payment.

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 the status of your application on your home page at https://aim.applyISTS.net.

You may also monitor the status of your attachments (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 upload it again?

There are two situations where your attachment might not upload:

Example: You upload your school transcript file and then try to upload the same file with the same name for your test scores requirement because your scores were on it. You simply need to rename the file to upload it again so that it may be processed as your test scores.

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).

How do I create a .zip file?

To use this format, follow the steps outlined below:

What is the difference between Official and Unofficial Transcripts?

Official transcripts must be obtained through your high school administration office.  These transcripts are normally printed on official letterhead and/or state that they are official.  These may contain a signature. 

Note:  Your official transcript may come to you in a sealed envelope, stating it will become unofficial if opened.  When scanning or copying your official transcripts, a watermark may appear noting they are now unofficial.  Despite any watermarks or sealed envelopes, you may open the envelope if needed to upload the document.  These documents will still be considered official for our purposes.  When scanning or copying, you do not need to include a copy of the sealed envelope.

Unofficial transcripts may be accessed through your school’s online student portal.  These pages must still be converted to one of the acceptable file formats.  There are free tools available that will allow you to save various documents (including web pages) as a PDF.  Unofficial transcripts must contain your name and the school name and contact information.

What are the DOs and DON’Ts of uploading documents to my application?

DO:

DON’T:

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?

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?

All recipients must accept their awards by 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

CHET Advance Scholarship recipients must begin their post-secondary program no later than September 30, 2020.
CHET Advance 9 Scholarship recipients must begin their post-secondary program no later than September 30, 2023.

All recipients must complete a disbursement form when contacted to do so, deliver their scholarship check to the proper office at their institution, and notify ISTS if the scholarship check does 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.  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.  Recipients will need to log in to their account at https://aim.applyISTS.net, complete the Disbursement Form (which will confirm home address, institution choice and other information) and provide proof of enrollment for the upcoming academic year.  Checks will be made payable to the institution and mailed to the home address entered on the recipient’s ISTS My Profile page.

Are scholarships taxable?

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 click here to 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).  Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central.

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