In 2016, Mr. McLean decided to return to school to get a degree. In order to attend classes, he had to request a shift change at Trans States Airlines, where he was a heavy aircraft inspector for over 30 years. The only way to accommodate his schedule was to transfer him to another section, which resulted in a pay cut. By 2018, Mr. McLean was approximately $26,000 behind on his mortgage. Then, he heard about the Illinois Hardest Hit Fund, which provides financial assistance to eligible homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure. This program and Justine PETERSEN’s assistance gave him hope. Through the HHF program, he was able to completely catch up on delinquent mortgage payments and was also provided with monthly mortgage assistance. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, and is currently completing his Master’s program for Aviation Management.