Annual college fair held at Century Center

South Bend, Ind. Dozens of Michiana students spent the evening studying up on their post-grad options.

More than 80 colleges, universities and military academies from all across the country were represented at the 2013 annual college fair in downtown South Bend.

High school students packed into Century Center to learn more about admission requirements, course offerings and what to expect their freshman year.

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County hosted Wednesday's fair.

Since 1958, they have awarded grants totaling roughly $4 million to more than 3,700 students.

Students got a lesson in how to pay for higher education and the resources available to help fund their future.

“It not only allows them to see the different ways of financing but it lets them know of the variety of scholarships that are available,” explained Tom Leland, President of the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County. “Some are on need, some are on merit, some are on both and what they have to do to qualify… And to get an exposure to that early, to get over the sticker shock, but also say, ‘Oh I didn't realize that TCU had, I didn't realize Notre Dame Credit Union did this, I didn't realize First Source would do this,’ to get that local financial institution assistance and scholarship as well as universities have money as well.”

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