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College Savings Basics

You may be wondering how you’ll pay for the rising cost of higher education. Learn more about our college savings investment options and strategies for making your savings grow.

College savings resources

College cost calculator

Calculate potential tuition costs to help you establish a plan to pay for college.

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College savings comparison chart

This chart helps you compare the advantages of three popular ways to save for college.

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1 Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (2011) and The College Board (2010)

2 Source: The College Board (2012)

Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

Depending on your state of residence, there may be an in-state plan that provides tax and other benefits not available through CollegeAmerica. Before investing in any state’s 529 plan, you should consult your tax adviser.


Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses, summary prospectuses and CollegeAmerica Program Description, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing. CollegeAmerica is distributed by American Funds Distributors® and sold through unaffiliated intermediaries.