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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Protests, Frisbees, and deep thinking — Hampshire College has carved an offbeat path

By and , Globe Staff

Alumni, faculty, and students worry about the school’s long-term future and fear something unique could be lost.

Dartmouth argues it acted promptly to investigate sexual misconduct claims

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Responding to a lawsuit, Dartmouth College said it took unprecedented steps to deal with three professors accused of sexual misconduct, and it denied allegations that administrators fostered an inappropriate and unsafe culture.

Hampshire College puts freshman class in doubt, merger on the table

By Laura Krantz , Globe Staff

Hampshire College in Amherst announced its desire to merge with another educational institution, citing financial strain that threatens its future.

Pricey campus housing triggers a debate in Boston

By , Globe Staff

Northeastern, Tufts, and others are creating more expensive student housing options — with more amenities than your average dorm.