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Detailed Fund Information

CollegeAmerica (R) is a nationwide plan sponsored by Virginia 529 (SM)

The Growth Fund of America® (growth fund)

CollegeAmerica® Plans

Class 529-A shares

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Daily Prices

Updated April 16, 2014, 3:11PM Pacific time

Net Asset Value (NAV) $42.45
NAV Change $0.50
Maximum Offering Price (MOP) $45.04

(All prices are subject to revision.)

Historical Prices & Distributions

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Ticker Symbols & Fund Numbers

Fund Number 1005
Ticker/Quotron Symbol CGFAX
CUSIP Number 399874 50 2

Fund Description

Fund Objective The fund's investment objective is to provide growth of capital.
Distinguishing Characteristics Has the flexibility to invest wherever the best growth opportunities may be.
Types of Investments Invests at least 65% of its assets in common stocks. May also invest in convertibles, preferred stocks, U.S. government securities, bonds and cash equivalents.
Non-U.S. Holdings The fund may invest up to 25% of its assets in securities of issuers domiciled outside the United States.

Fund Facts

Minimum Initial Investment $250
Shareholder Accounts (aggregated for all share classes; updated monthly) 6,164,804
Regular Dividends Paid December
Capital Gains Paid December
Fund Inception December 1, 1973
Fiscal Year-End August

The months indicated for dividends and capital gains paid represent the anticipated current year ex-dividend date schedule for all share classes.

Returns & Expenses

Figures shown are past results and are not predictive of results in future periods. Current and future results may be lower or higher than those shown. Results shown at net asset value have all distributions reinvested. If a sales charge had been deducted, the results would have been lower. Share price and return will vary, so investors may lose money. Investing for short periods makes losses more likely. Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value. Returns with sales charge for Class 529-A shares reflect payment of the 5.75% maximum sales charge at the beginning of the stated periods. Definitions and other important legal information about these prices and returns are shown below.

Rates of Return*

  Average Annual Total Returns
1 yr 3 yrs 5 yrs 10 yrs Fund Lifetime
March 31, 2014 (most recent month-end)
NAV 24.32% 13.63% 19.42% 7.99% 13.68%
With sales charge 17.17% 11.42% 18.02% 7.35% 13.51%
March 31, 2014 (most recent quarter-end)
NAV 24.32% 13.63% 19.42% 7.99% 13.68%
With sales charge 17.17% 11.42% 18.02% 7.35% 13.51%

Expense Ratios

The Growth Fund of America 0.77%
Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds Average 1.23%

12-Month Distribution Rates

As of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

NAV 0.24%
With sales charge 0.23%

Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield

As of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

With sales charge 0.28%


Largest Industry Holdings

% of net assets as of March 31, 2014 (updated quarterly)

Biotechnology 8.1%
Oil, gas & consumable fuels 7.5%
Internet software & services 5.5%
Media 5.3%
Software 4.9%
Semiconductors & semiconductor equipment 4.4%
Internet & catalog retail 4.4%
Banks 3.1%
Aerospace & defense 3.0%
Health care providers & services 2.9%

Portfolio Holdings

(updated quarterly, upon availability)

Asset Mix

as of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)

U.S. Equities 80.2%
Non-U.S. Equities 11.8%
U.S. Bonds 0.1%
Cash & Equivalents 7.9%

Assets and Portfolio Turnover (for fiscal years)

Fiscal Year Fund Assets (billions) Portfolio Turnover
2013 $123.5 27%
2012 $114.8 18%
2011 $137.5 34%
2010 $140.2 33%
2009 $143.3 38%

Assets shown are for combined share classes.

Largest Equity Holdings

Percent of net assets as of March 31, 2014 (updated monthly)



One of the most frequently used website search engines in the world.



Major online retailer of books, CDs, DVDs, toys, apparel, home furnishings and other products.


Gilead Sciences

Develops drugs to treat infectious diseases and cancer.


Home Depot

The world's largest home improvement retailer.


EOG Resources

An oil and gas exploration and production company with global operations.



Provides media and television broadcasting services worldwide.


UnitedHealth Group

Provides managed health care services across the U.S.



Major supplier of database management software. Also develops business applications and provides consulting and support.


Philip Morris International

One of the world's largest international tobacco companies.



The world's leading athletic shoe company. Also operates shoe and sportswear stores.


Portfolio Managers

Number of years with American Funds or affiliates
Donnalisa Parks Barnum 27
Barry S. Crosthwaite 17
J. Blair Frank 19
Gregg E. Ireland 41
Carl M. Kawaja 22
Michael T. Kerr 28
Ronald B. Morrow 16
Donald D. O'Neal 28
Martin Romo 20
James F. Rothenberg 43
James Terrile 17
Bradley J. Vogt 26

(as of the prospectus dated November 1, 2013)

The portfolio managers shown are reflected in the fund’s most recent prospectus.

Important Legal Information

CollegeAmerica is sponsored by Virginia529. But you can invest no matter where you live, and your beneficiary can go to school in any state. However, if you reside in a state other than Virginia, there may be an in-state plan that offers tax and other benefits not available in CollegeAmerica. Before investing in any state’s 529 plan, you should consult your tax adviser.

Bond ratings, which typically range from AAA/Aaa (highest) to D (lowest), are assigned by credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor's, Moody's and/or Fitch, as an indication of an issuer's creditworthiness.

* Investment results assume all distributions are reinvested and reflect applicable fees and expenses. Class 529-A shares were first offered on February 15, 2002. Class 529-A share results prior to the date of first sale are hypothetical based on Class A share results without a sales charge, adjusted for estimated additional annual expenses. View dates of first sale and specific expense adjustment information for Class 529-A shares.

  When applicable, investment results reflect fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, without which results would have been lower. Read details about how waivers and/or reimbursements affect the results for each fund.

Source for Lipper expense ratio comparison: Lipper, based on front-end load funds, excluding funds of funds, for the most recent fiscal year-ends available as of March 31, 2014. The fund’s expense ratio is as of the fund’s prospectus. The expense ratios do not reflect sales charges.

The SEC yield reflects the rate at which the fund is earning income on its current portfolio of securities, while the distribution rate reflects the fund's past dividends paid to shareholders. Accordingly, the fund's SEC yield and distribution rate may differ.

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.