Federal State Relations

Harvard Law School

Protesters Disrupt Law School Event, Raising Security Concerns

​Housing rights advocates interrupted an event featuring Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Melvin Watt at the Law School Monday evening, prematurely ending the event and prompting questions about security protocol at the school.

Obama Comes to Boston

Government Will Make FAFSA Available in October Next Year

Applicants to colleges and universities will be able to apply for federal financial aid starting Oct. 1 next year.

Harvard in the City

MBTA To Offer Free Fare Day Next Month

In response to multiple shutdowns of services this winter, the MBTA will offer a free fare day on April 24 and a 15 percent discount on monthly passes in May.


Obama Unveils 'Student Aid Bill of Rights'

President Barack Obama announced several new initiatives to make higher education more affordable and to help students repay debts on Tuesday.

Courthouse of the Tsarnaev Trial

Harvard Law Professors Weigh In on Tsarnaev Trial Venue

While both the U.S. District Court and the Court of Appeals have rejected the requests to relocate the Tsarnaev trial, Law School faculty members see reason behind them.


Federal Funding Initiative Could Bolster University’s Genomics Research

Harvard genomics researchers could see increased funding for their work should Congress approve a White House proposal to allocate millions more dollars to the research of medical treatments personalized to a patient’s genetic information.

Federal State Relations

Harvard Students’ Right to Read Admissions Records Confirmed

Matriculated Harvard undergraduates can request and view the notes and comments penned by admissions officers on their applications because of a 1974 Department of Education act.

FY 2014 Research Funding

FY 2014 Research Funding

Federal funding for Harvard research fell by 5 percent in fiscal year 2014 following federal budget cuts.

Ed School

GSE Prof. Argues for Standardized Testing Before Congress

Professor Martin W. West urged members of Congress not to lose sight of the positive impacts of standardized testing requirements introduced by the No Child Left Behind Act, which some members of Congress hope to dismantle.

FY 2014 Research Funding

Harvard's Federal Research Funding Declines Slightly in FY 2014

Funding from federal grants fell by 5 percent in 2014, the first full year after sequestration took hold. In the same period, non-federal funding rose 12 percent.

Interview with President Faust

Faust Letter Cautions Against Proposed Cuts for DACA

University President G. Faust wrote a letter to the Massachusetts House delegation critiquing an amendment that would roll back a key Obama administration immigration initiative.

Federal State Relations

Coakley Reportedly May Take Fellowship at Harvard

Coakley filed a disclosure with the State Ethics Commission on Dec. 22 saying that she was being considered for a fellowship at a university in Massachusetts—people familiar with the plan told the Boston Globe that that university is Harvard.

Tom Menino at Boston Calling

Menino, Longtime Boston Mayor, Left His Mark on Harvard

Menino worked alongside four Harvard presidents and countless University employees assigned to massage Harvard’s relationship with the city. On Thursday, many of those Harvard officials remembered Menino as a unique politician.


Tax Reform Plan Could Cost Harvard Millions, Though Passage Unlikely

Congressman David L. Camp’s tax reform plan could cost Harvard tens of millions of dollars in endowment taxes if passed.

Federal State Relations

Government Professors Praise Repeal of NSF Funding Restrictions

A little more than two weeks after Congress repealed 2013 restrictions imposed on the National Science Foundation’s Political Science Program, Harvard political scientists said that their federal funding is on surer footing.