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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Universities slam Trump administration rules barring international students

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Colleges and universities are in furious upheaval following strict, unexpected rules announced this week by the Trump administration that would bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the US this fall.

MIT announces only seniors will return to campus this fall

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will invite seniors only to return to campus in the fall, the university announced Tuesday.

Only 40 percent of Harvard undergrads will return to campus this fall

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Harvard’s approach is among the more restrictive in the Boston area. Most universities have laid out plans to bring most students back this upcoming school year with masks, frequent testing, smaller classrooms, and a mix of online and in-person classes.

In New England, college reopening takes a variety of forms

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Across New England, colleges and universities are scrambling to figure out how the fall semester will work amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic: Students at home or students on campus? Professors teaching in classrooms or teaching from home, via Zoom? How will dormitories work? And cafeterias? And sports?