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American Funds College Target Date Series®

Our seven target date funds were designed to address the key challenges of saving for the rising cost of higher education. A single investment provides diversification and a glide path matched to your intended college enrollment date, making saving for college easier than ever.

Features and Benefits

  • Convenience – Our target date funds provide diversification in a single, easy-to-use, low-cost investment.
  • Designed for college savings – The funds are designed specifically for college savings, with two needs in mind:
    1. Keeping pace with, if not exceeding, the rising cost of higher education.
    2. Preserving capital as the enrollment date approaches.
  • Automatic asset reallocation – Each fund’s portfolio becomes heavily oriented toward bonds as the expected target enrollment date nears, and grows even more preservation-oriented when the date arrives.
  • Time-tested American Funds investments – The American Funds College Target Date Series is the only 529 college savings plan target date option to solely feature the American Funds.
  • Experienced oversight – Members of the Portfolio Oversight Committee average more than two decades of experience managing our funds. They monitor the Series, reviewing results and asset allocations to keep them aligned with each fund’s time horizon.

The Glide Path 

A glide path aligned with your college savings needs

  • We offer seven target date funds in three-year increments. The target date is meant to roughly correspond to the year the beneficiary will start withdrawing funds to meet higher education expenses.
  • Our target date funds were built by the Portfolio Oversight Committee, a seasoned group of investment professionals. They conducted a rigorous process to determine the glide path for the Series and the combinations of American Funds in each “fund of funds.”
  • As the fund moves along the glide path toward the enrollment date, managers modify the investment mix so that each fund’s portfolio gradually shifts from helping the assets grow to being more preservation-oriented.

American Funds College Target Date Glide Path

* The nearest dated fund merges with the College Enrollment Fund when it reaches its target enrollment date.


The target allocations shown are as of January 1, 2016, and are subject to the Portfolio Oversight Committee’s discretion. The funds’ investment advisor anticipates that the funds will invest their assets within a range that deviates no more than 10% above or below these allocations. Underlying funds may be added or removed during the year. For quarterly updates of fund allocations, visit americanfunds.com.


Availability and Management

  • Anyone can invest in the American Funds College Target Date Series. Investors generally choose the fund with the target date closest to the year the student is expected to enroll in college but are not precluded from investing in other funds in the same CollegeAmerica® account.
  • The underlying American Funds in the American Funds College Target Date Series are managed using The Capital System℠. The allocation percentages and underlying mutual funds within each Series fund are subject to the Portfolio Oversight Committee’s discretion and may evolve over time. Underlying funds may be added or removed at any time.

Fund Information


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

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, Inc. and sold through unaffiliated intermediaries. 

The return of principal for bond funds and for funds with significant underlying bond holdings is not guaranteed. Fund shares are subject to the same interest rate, inflation and credit risks associated with the underlying bond holdings. Lower rated bonds are subject to greater fluctuations in value and risk of loss of income and principal than higher rated bonds. 

For more information about the risks associated with each fund, go to its detailed fund information page or read the prospectus. The target allocations are as of January 1, 2017, and are subject to the Portfolio Oversight Committee's discretion. The funds’ investment adviser anticipates that the funds will invest their assets within a range that deviates no more than 10% above or below these allocations. Investment professionals gradually adjust the portfolio over time so that it becomes more preservation-oriented. The funds' allocation strategy does not guarantee that investors' education savings goals will be met. The target date is the year in which the beneficiary is expected to begin taking withdrawals. Investors and their advisors should periodically evaluate their investment to determine whether it continues to meet their needs. 

Investing outside the United States involves risks, such as currency fluctuations, periods of illiquidity and price volatility, as more fully described in the prospectus. These risks may be heightened in connection with investments in developing countries. 

Depending on your state of residence, there may be an in-state plan that offers tax and other benefits not available through CollegeAmerica. Before investing in any state's 529 plan, investors should consult a tax advisor.