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.

Latest stories

Maura Healey sues Betsy DeVos, again

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This marks Attorney General Maura Healey’s third lawsuit against the education department under the Trump administration and Secretary Betsy DeVos.

National labor board rules against Harvard

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Harvard University’s attempt to block graduate students’ new vote on unionizing was rejected, upholding a decision made by regional authorities.

Harvard sticks with restrictions on all-male clubs, eliciting lawsuit threats

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The clubs escaped outright banishment, but members will continue to face some sanctions in keeping with the college’s current policy, president Drew Faust announced Tuesday.

Graduate students would pay a price under GOP tax plan

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The bottom line: An advanced degree would be significantly more expensive.