Forever Learning Institute was established in 1974 by Fr. Louis J. Putz, C.S.C., at the current site of Trinity School in South Bend, Indiana. Fr. Putz believed that lifelong learning experiences were essential for seniors to have productive and healthy lives. FLI has continued to serve seniors and flourish as the most successful senior educational program in the Michiana area.
Location: 54191 Ironwood Road, South Bend, Indiana 46635; Phone (574) 282-1901; www.foreverlearninginstitute.org
Volunteer Board of Directors: A dedicated Board controls and manages the affairs of Forever Learning Institute to ensure its viability and longevity.
Students: FLI is open to students 50 years of age and older of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin. Currently, over 1300 students enroll annually in classes for the sheer joy of learning.
Volunteer Faculty: Each member of the faculty gives of his/her time, talents, and energy in order for lifelong learning to take place for our senior community. The sharing of knowledge, expertise, and wisdom that occurs between the student community and faculty truly is inspiring.
Curriculum: Diversified courses are included in the topic areas of arts and creative crafts, business and finance, computer and technology, cooking, dance, geography, health and fitness, history, languages, literature, music, science and nature, special interests/skills, and spirituality and religion. There are two ten week semesters—one in the fall and one in the summer. A six week interim session occurs in the winter.
Scholarships: FLI offers a limited number of scholarships. They are based on financial or educational need and space availability.
Tuition: All classes are $45, unless otherwise noted.