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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Low-income students remain rare at elite universities

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Many universities are facing a problem: How to create more economic diversity on their campuses.

Thousands paying for an education that failed to deliver

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Some federal loans that students took out to attend now-shuttered for-profit institutions have been forgiven — but many are still stuck with private loans.

The majority of Harvard’s incoming class is nonwhite

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Harvard’s push to broaden diversity comes as the Trump administration turns its focus on affirmative action policies.

Wentworth earns university status, will keep its focus

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Wentworth Institute of Technology, which started out as a technical school more than a century ago, has obtained university status.