If you want to get smart, the Triangle may be your place. Take your pick: the area is home to major research institutions, smaller universities, historically black colleges and universities, women's colleges and community colleges. There is something for everyone when it comes to opportunity for higher education. Wake County Meredith College N.C. State University Peace College Shaw University Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary St. Augustine's College Wake Technical Community College Durham County N.C. Central University Duke University Durham Technical Community College Orange County University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Johnston County Johnston Community College Harnett County Campbell University Franklin County Louisburg College Alamance County Alamance Community College Elon University Lee County Central Carolina Community College Frequently Asked Questions How can I find out about other colleges and universities in the state? Check out the University of North Carolina system, the private colleges, and the North Carolina Community College System. How can I find the right college for me? Compare colleges by size, location, faculty-student ratio and percentage of students on financial aid. To narrow down your search to find campuses that meet your needs for academic program, size and location, use this match service. How can I learn about campuses without spending a lot of money to visit? Take a virtual tour of more than 100 colleges and universities. How do I apply for college? The College Foundation of North Carolina has links to all campuses in the state, along with an online application that can be submitted to most colleges. How can I afford to go to college? Financial aid can be difficult to understand, but there is help available, from federal grants and loans, scholarships and work-study programs. Here's a description of financial aid options. Search for scholarships. Learn how to fill out an application for federal aid, or FAFSA. How much will it cost? Plug in your birthdate and type of college to calculate how much you will spend. How can I save for college? It's never too early to start saving. North Carolina's National College Savings Program is a 529 plan that allows you to save and invest money and reap the earnings tax free to spend on higher education.