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The 2014 CHET Dream Big! Competition, sponsored by the Connecticut State Treasurer’s Office, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., and CHET, was a drawing and essay contest for Connecticut students in grades Kindergarten (K) through
five (5). The competition ran from January 27 through March 26, 2014.

The CHET Dream Big! Competition was designed to encourage families to start thinking about how higher education may help their children realize their dreams and make a difference in the world, and to promote the importance of saving for college early through a CHET account.

Children in grades K through 3 were asked to draw a picture that portrays the answer to the question, “What do I want to do after I go to college?” The 4th- and 5th-grade students were asked to write an essay explaining, “How will I change the world after I go to college?”

Nearly 4,000 entries were received from across the state. A panel of judges selected the competition winners. Sixty-three (63) winners were selected.

Winners were honored during an awards ceremony on May 22, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. The parents or legal guardians of the student winners were each awarded a $300 contribution to a CHET direct-sold account – the three state-wide grand prize winners received $1,000, the other 60 winners received $500. Additionally, the top ten teachers who submitted the most entries won an iPad Mini for their classroom. And the school with the most entries overall was awarded $500 for the school.

The 2014 CHET Dream Big! Competition is sponsored by the Connecticut State Treasurer's Office, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. and CHET. For Official Rules and prize descriptions and to find out more information CLICK HERE. Or call 860-659-0514. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The contest will run from January 27 through March 26, 2014. (All drawing and essay Entries must be postmarked by March 26 and received by March 31, 2014, sent to: CHET Dream Big! Competition, c/o Cronin and Company, 50 Nye Road, Glastonbury, CT 06033.)

Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the CHET 529 College Savings Plan. Please visit for a Plan Disclosure Booklet with this and more information. Read it carefully.

Before investing in a 529 plan, you should consider whether the state you or your designated beneficiary reside in or have taxable income in has a 529 plan that offers favorable state income tax or other benefits that are only available if you invest in that state's 529 plan.

Account value in the Investment Options is not guaranteed and will fluctuate based upon a number of factors, including general market conditions..

The CHET direct-sold plan is administered by the Connecticut State Treasurer's Office, and managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc.