The FAACTS Foundation was created in 2017. We are committed to providing students and their families with the information needed to make an informed decision regarding their education. After recent increases of violent acts in public schools, we know now more than ever how vital it is to provide options for K-12 students, especially those who live in a blighted area and cannot afford to attend a private or charter school.

We focus on working with K-12 school students and their families to make sure they are aware that they have choices when attending a K-12 school.  Ensuring students in a K-12 arena are comfortable and feel safe in their environment while at school allows them to focus on learning.

FAACTS’s intent for funding received through the EITC program is to redistribute to students K-12 so they can  attend a school of their choice (private/charter) to ensure they are given the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment where they feel comfortable and safe but could not otherwise afford this opportunity on their own.

The FAACTS Foundation has a proper income verification process in place to ensure that the income guidelines that are set through the EITC program are followed and FAACTS remains compliant with these guidelines when awarding scholarships to students. Any documentation or information that is requested during the verification process from the parent or guardian of students will remain confidential and used solely for the purpose of determining eligibility for scholarships.


Christopher Thomas– Founder and President of Financial Aid and Academic Counseling Tools and Services- FAACTS, LLC. A native to the Greater Pittsburgh area, Chris has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. More recently, Chris worked as a recruiter in higher education, he was able to help over 500 students realize their dream of attending college.

Chris has always had a strong desire to help the people in his community in a positive way. He is a mentor at his church, and works close with youth to ensure they are making the right decisions to guide them on a path to a bright future.

Chris has attended Point Park University in the past and is looking forward to once again enrolling in college to pursue his passion in Sports Art and Entertainment Management. He is able to not only help others around him, but he sets the example of “It is never too late to pursue your dreams”

Chris sees a college education as an investment in one’s self as well as the most important investment you will ever make as an individual. An education is something that no one can take away from you, and Chris is dedicated to working with his clients to help them see the importance of investing in themselves.

Why- The FACCTS Foundation was created to help guide a student through the financial aid process while also educating the student on repayment options, student loans, grants and scholarships. Appling for college can be a very stressful and overwhelming step for many students as well as parents. You don’t know what you don’t know, and we are here to offer guidance and encouragement.


Melissa Duling – As a single mother of three, college was never an option in her household, it was the next step. Her children all have attended, are currently attending, or getting ready to attend college.
Melissa has over 10 years of experience in higher education with a focus for the past 5 years in financial aid. She has worked with over 1500 students and parents of students during this time.


Melissa lives by her motto of “Continued education is an investment, invest in yourself” She is a multi-degree graduate, has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and is currently working towards another Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in the Non-Profit Sector.


With her experience and dedication to higher education she is just the person you want to help guide through one of the most important decisions of your life

Board Members

Christopher J Thomas – Founder and CEO

Melissa Duling- Senior Consultant

Karen Wolowski- Activities Director


We are committed to providing students with the information needed to make an informed decision regarding higher education. Along with this, we give each student the tools needed to reach their goals with the least amount of student loan debt possible. Our goal is to guide and counsel potential college students on alternative funding options as well as promote responsible borrowing of Title IV funds and FAACTS is a non-profit 501 C 3, so we are also able to use our resources to help students receive possible scholarships based on their financial need.