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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Harvard women’s groups frustrated by efforts to ban them

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The university’s effort to crack down on all-male final clubs could have a disproportionate impact on women.

Small private schools are struggling, but Merrimack has found its footing

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Merrimack College in North Andover found success after it refocused its academic offerings and refined how it recruits students.

UMass trustees increase tuition 3 percent

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The system’s board of trustees voted on the increase Monday at its meeting in Worcester.

Bruins beat the IRS at tax shootout

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A US Tax Court found that the Bruins could deduct 100 percent of the cost of the meals eaten on the road.