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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Who was Louis Agassiz?

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Here’s a look at the man behind Harvard’s controversial slave photos.

Harvard sued over use of photograph of slave

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A Conn. woman is suing Harvard for allegedly profiting from a photo of her ancestor, an African slave forced to pose in what is believed to be one of the oldest images of a slave in the US.

Bribery scandal puts college counselors on edge

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The private college advising industry is largely unregulated, with no requirements for licensure or credentialing.

Dozens arrested, including parents, in nationwide college bribery, cheating scandal

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A California businessman allegedly collected $25 million in bribes to help applicants gain acceptance to elite colleges as part of a nationwide scandal.