With two children under the age of two at home, I'm not all that close to thinking about how to pay for college. But that doesn't mean I'm not already planning, plotting, and saving for the day!

For those with teens in the household who are much closer to making a final decision about continuing their education, there's an event coming up that could help put the final pieces in place.

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On December 9, the Rockford Public Library and the Community Foundation of Illinois are holding a Community Scholarship Fair from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Mendelssohn Hall at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center at 406 North Main Street. The event is free and open to the public and will give information about more than $400,000 in available scholarships.

Officials say representatives from the Community Foundation, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Rock Valley College Foundation, Rockford Public Library, and many other local organizations will be on hand to answer any questions that might be raised. There also will be presentations on financial aid, FAFSA, and more.

For more information visit you can visit www.cfnil.org or www.rockfordpubliclibary.org