About Us

The CASL SOAR program provides a pathway for returning adult learners to attend UM-Dearborn who would not be able to do so without the financial and academic support the program offers. Students in the SOAR program are primarily referred to the university through their interactions with area human service or community support organizations. First year SOAR students attend part-time and receive reduced tuition and textbook subsidy as well as academic and personal support that continues throughout their tenure as UM-Dearborn students.

Research shows that attaining a college degree is one of the most effective ways to increase earnings and improve one’s standard of living. However, attending and graduating from college is not just a tangible way to become economically secure, it also enriches lives, increases self-confidence and models the importance of education for families and communities. Students in the SOAR program are encouraged to earn a four year degree.

What are the benefits of attending UM – Dearborn as a CASL SOAR student?

  • Reduced tuition and textbook subsidy for first-year SOAR students
  • Mentoring by peers, faculty, and staff
  • Specialized academic skills workshops and student support workshops
  • Assistance with finding and navigating campus resources – registration, financial aid, scholarships, internships, career services, advising, and more
  • Ongoing collaboration between SOAR students, faculty, and community partners to provide students with additional resources and opportunities for academic enrichment
  • Engagement with a cohort of other non-traditional adult learners