Deirdre Fernandes

Covers the steep price students pay to earn a degree and the money behind the region’s education economy. Since joining the Globe in 2011, Fernandes has covered insurance, banking, and the economy, writing about how changes in the industry are altering the consumer experience. She previously worked for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia and papers in North Carolina, before returning to Massachusetts. She grew up in Sudbury.

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BU-Wheelock merger brings more than 110 layoffs

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Boston University will lay off a majority of Wheelock College’s staff and faculty in its merger with the small Fenway school.

Feds tell state officials to back off student loan debt collectors

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Betsy DeVos has a message for Attorney General Maura Healey and officials in other states hoping to rein in student loan debt collectors: Back off.

Harvard, MIT, other universities urge repeal of endowment tax

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Nearly 50 college and university presidents are urging federal lawmakers to repeal the endowment tax that the Republican-controlled Congress passed last year.

Harvard professor accused of misconduct to retire

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Jorge Dominguez has been accused of sexually inappropriate behavior going back more than three decades.