North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to edu­cating stu­dent vet­erans by increasing the number of ser­vice men and women who can enroll through the fed­eral government’s Yellow Ribbon Pro­gram.

A change in the program’s funding struc­ture will enable North­eastern to enroll up to 252 stu­dent vet­erans begin­ning this fall. The pro­gram, which oper­ates in con­junc­tion with the Depart­ment of Vet­erans Affairs, cur­rently pro­vides free tuition to roughly 120 vet­erans who have served in the post-​​9/​11 era.

In 2009, North­eastern pledged $2 mil­lion to help vet­erans earn a col­lege edu­ca­tion through the pro­gram, which offers stu­dents access to a full range of degree pro­grams, including bachelor’s, master’s, doc­toral and law degrees.

Stu­dent vet­erans praised Northeastern’s exe­cu­tion of the program.

North­eastern is the best bet for vet­erans in the Boston area,” said Michael Trudeau, who served in the Navy from 2004 to 2009 on the USS Columbus sub­ma­rine. “I would have been in debt if I had gone to any other Yellow Ribbon school, but I don’t have any debt at Northeastern.”

Trudeau, the pres­i­dent of Northeastern’s chapter of Stu­dent Vet­erans of America, learned of the program’s plan to increase enroll­ment at a meeting of stu­dent vet­erans and mem­bers of the university’s admin­is­tra­tion and then tweeted the good news.

The senior polit­ical sci­ence major said stu­dent vet­erans bring a unique world­view to the campus com­mu­nity. “Vet­erans bring matu­rity, insight and a global per­spec­tive that most stu­dents cannot,” he explained.

Andrew McCarty, BS ’12, an Air Force vet­eran and a staff adviser for the Stu­dent Vet­erans Orga­ni­za­tion, agreed with Trudeau’s assess­ment, noting that ser­vice men and women have invalu­able expe­ri­ence that tra­di­tional stu­dents who attend col­lege directly after high school may not.

Stu­dent vet­erans have trav­eled the world and been respon­sible for large bud­gets for tech­nology that costs mil­lions of dol­lars,” he said. “They have been placed in posi­tions of great respon­si­bility and have excelled in response to the rig­orous demands of their mil­i­tary experience.”