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WHAT:

The 2016 CHET Dream Big! Competition, sponsored by the State of Connecticut Treasurer's Office, TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. and CHET, is a drawing and essay competition. Parents of Connecticut K-8 students enter their children and children express themselves creatively with a chance to win prizes.

WHY:

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 direct-sold account.

WHO:

Parents enter Connecticut students in grades K-8 (or equivalent, if homeschooled).

WHEN:

The competition will run from January 25 through March 30, 2016. (All drawing and essay entries must be postmarked by March 30 and received by April 5, 2015, sent to: CHET Dream Big! Competition, c/o Cronin and Company, 50 Nye Road, Glastonbury, CT 06033.)

HOW:

Entries should be submitted in the following categories:

DRAWING: Grades K-3: An original drawing, illustrating, "What do I want to do after I go to college?"

ESSAY: Grades 4-8: An original essay responding to the question, "How will I change the world after I go to college?"

Entries must include: 1) a completed Official Entry Form; 2) original work stapled to the form itself on a similarly sized (8.5" x 11") piece of paper; and, 3) signature by parents or legal guardians with all sections completed. Entries will not be returned.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by March 30 and received by April 5, 2016.

PRIZES:

  • 4 $1,000 GRAND PRIZES: A maximum of four winners Statewide will receive a $1,000 contribution to a CHET account. One winner will be selected from each of the following grade categories: K-1, 2-3, 4-5 and 6-8.
  • 44 $500 PRIZES: winners will be selected as follows:
    • 8 winners from Connecticut’s Review and Turnaround schools. One boy and one girl from each grade category: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8.
    • 2 winners from all other schools across the state. One child from each County, in each grade category K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8.
    • 4 Judges/Sponsors picks, one child in each grade category K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8.

The school in each county that submits the greatest number of completed student entries will be awarded $500.

JUDGING:

A panel of artists, writers and representatives from TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. and the Connecticut Treasurer's Office will select the 84 statewide and County winners.

RECOGNITION:

All of the winners will have their name, grade, county, school and winning work displayed on www.chetdreambig.com and will be invited to an award ceremony.


No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited.


If you have questions about the CHET Dream Big! Competition, please email emclaughlin@tiaa-cref.org.


The 2016 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. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. The contest ran from January 25 through March 30, 2016. (All drawing and essay Entries needed to be postmarked by March 30 and received by April 5, 2016 at 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 www.aboutchet.com 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.

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