Marines are the few, the proud, and now… the educated.

Universities across the nation participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, allowing veterans to obtain a college degree for free.

Kevin Keller was released from the Marine Corps in February of this year. He began his freshman year in August at Denver University studying business. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to pursue my education goals. What I learned in the Marines has carried over with me into my college education and I think it helps set me apart as a leader,” says Keller.

Marines who take advantage of educational opportunities are allotted $250 per credit hour of higher education. Marines are allotted up to $4,500 each year to pay for tuition.

The Yellow Ribbon Program allows colleges and universities to give additional funds to enrolling veterans. The institution chooses the amount of tuition and fees they will offer and the Veterans Association will match that amount.

“The heroic men and women of the United States armed forces deserve educational opportunities to enhance their future,” says Doug McKeenley, counselor at “Many universities and colleges feel it is their privilege to serve the individuals who serve our country and help them reach their academic goals without the burden of student loans.”

Counselors at work with officers at various military bases to help soldiers determine which educational programs best suit them. When they are released from duty, they are placed at universities all over the nation.

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