Finding the net price calculators on the websites of the Triangle’s three major universities takes a good eye and several clicks – and in the case of N.C. State University, some luck. To save you that trouble, here are direct URLs for each:

Duke University:

N.C. State University:

UNC-Chapel Hill:

For other schools, simply add a participating university’s name after the word “app.” You can find a list of participating universities at

Each calculator lets you enter as a guest. You then click through several screens, filling out personal information about your child and your own finances, taxes and investments.

NCSU asks for the least information. Duke and UNC-CH are almost identical, but Duke adds a few questions, such as estimates of how much you’ll spend on medical bills.

All three sites direct you to complete a free application for federal student aid. None asks for grades, class ranking or test scores.