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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Why are so many colleges merging? Money and real estate

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Wheelock College’s planned merger with Boston University would have been rare even just a decade ago. Not anymore.

Harvard’s endowment posts 8.1 percent return, lagging behind peers

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The university’s endowment, which funds 36 percent of the university’s operations, continues to face problems, the latest results show.

Ex-CIA official leaves Harvard after Chelsea Manning named fellow

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Mire Morell abruptly resigned as a senior fellow at the Kennedy School after the controversial decision.

Harvard rescinds Chelsea Manning’s invitation, draws fresh criticism

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Harvard’s initial invitation to Manning had drawn considerable criticism and anger. But the quick reversal brought a fresh wave of protest.