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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Virus thrusts college presidents into hot seat

By , Globe Staff

Traditionally, university presidents are behind-the-scene managers and fund-raising gurus, most often seen welcoming students in the fall and sending them off with their degrees during graduation in the spring. But the pandemic has made them the public face of their institution’s decision on how to reopen for the fall.

Justice Department is increasing attacks on affirmative action in college admissions

By , Globe Staff

The department’s complaint last week that Yale University discriminated against Asian-American and white applicants in its admissions process opens a new front in the Trump administration’s fight against affirmative action, legal experts say.

As students return, neighbors worry about off-campus parties, but colleges won’t deploy COVID police

By and , Globe Staff

With thousands of college students moving into the Boston area in the next few weeks, neighbors are growing increasingly worried about who will police large off-campus gatherings and make sure that student parties don’t turn into coronavirus super-spreader events.

Colleges are asking students to sign waivers and consent agreements if they want to return to campus

By , Globe Staff

The forms have some students and legal experts worried that the colleges are shifting potential blame to students and trying to protect themselves from lawsuits, even as they invited thousands to return.