Form 497 VAN KAMPEN MERRITT UTILITY INCOME TRUST SERIES 3

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  • Accession No.: 0000891093-97-000190 Act: 33 File No.: 033-32228 Film No.: 97527285
  • CIK: 0000857793
  • Submitted: 1997-02-12

PURSUANT TO RULE 497 TXT

                                                                 Chapman and Cutler
                         111 West Monroe Street
                        Chicago, Illinois  60603
                                    
                            February 12, 1997
                                    
                                    
                                    
Securities and Exchange Commission
450 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.  20549-1004
Attn:  Filing Desk, Stop 1-4
     
     
     Re:Van Kampen American Capital Utility Income Trust, Series 3

Ladies/Gentlemen:
     
     Pursuant to the requirements of Rule 497(d) of the General Rules and
Regulations of the Securities Act of 1933, we are submitting a supplement
to the prospectus being used with respect to the above-mentioned series.
                                    
                                    Very truly yours,
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    Chapman and Cutler
             Van Kampen American Capital Distributors, Inc.
                         Unit Investment Trusts
                                    
                      Supplement to the Prospectus
                         Dated February 12, 1997
     
     The Trust's Sponsor, Van Kampen American Capital Distributors, Inc.,
is  an indirect subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Group  Inc.  On February  5,
1997,  Morgan  Stanley  Group  Inc.  and  Dean  Witter,  Discover  &  Co.
announced  that they had entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger  to
form  Morgan  Stanley, Dean  Witter, Discover  & Co.  Subject to  certain
conditions being met, it is currently  anticipated that  the  transaction
will  close  in   mid-1997.   Thereafter,  Van  Kampen  American  Capital
Distributors, Inc.  will be  an  indirect  subsidiary  of Morgan Stanley,
Dean Witter, Discover & Co.
     
     Dean  Witter,  Discover & Co. is a financial services  company  with
three  major  businesses:  full service brokerage,  credit  services  and
asset management of more than $100 billion in customer accounts.
                                      
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