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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At Harvard commencement, grads hear a defense of higher education

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Colleges and universities are “beacons of hope,” said Harvard president Drew Faust, who steps down as Harvard’s first female leader in its 381-year history in June.

Harvard reviewing conduct of well-known economist Roland Fryer Jr.

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Fryer has been barred from the lab he founded as university officials investigate allegations that he and others there made sexually inappropriate comments and created a hostile work environment.

Needy students squeezed at UMass Amherst

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The state’s flagship university is moving out of reach for the best and brightest if they don’t have a big enough bank account.

You got into college. Congratulations! Here’s the bill

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High school seniors have until May 1 to weigh the costs versus the benefits of the colleges where they’ve been accepted.