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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Bribery scandal puts college counselors on edge

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The private college advising industry is largely unregulated, with no requirements for licensure or credentialing.

Dozens arrested, including parents, in nationwide college bribery, cheating scandal

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A California businessman allegedly collected $25 million in bribes to help applicants gain acceptance to elite colleges as part of a nationwide scandal.

Wentworth selects a new president

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Wentworth Institute of Technology on Monday named Mark A. Thompson, a Quinnipiac University administrator, as its new president.

As UMass makes a big bet on online education, rivals offer words of caution

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Many public universities have faced significant challenges in recruiting students, ensuring quality, and managing costs — and the efforts have ended quietly.