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The Student Work and Academic Growth (SWAG) is a work-study program for blind or visually impaired college students. SWAG students work part-time while taking college courses and practicing independent living.


Student Qualifications 

  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. 
  • Have acceptable levels of adaptive skills of blindness for independent living. 
  • Must be a high school graduate, or passed GED, AND completed at least one college-level course.
  • Previous employment experience a plus.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) DSB’s SWAG program will make reasonable accommodations during any and all phases of the selection process for individuals with a disability. Please contact Debbie Brown to request accommodations.

Students will earn $15.00 per hour at their summer jobs. DSB covers college expenses including tuition, fees, textbooks, housing, initial food stipend, and bus pass.


Application Information

Application materials will be available online in early January. Please check back for more information or complete the form below to be notified when applications are available.

DSB is developing more programs for teens and young adults. Please check our Youth Workshops and Programs page, to see if there are other programs of interest to you.


Request DSB services for children, youth, or students online. Or contact us at 800-552-7103 or info@dsb.wa.gov for more information.

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*  Students must be eligible to work in the U.S. to participate in programs offering paid work experience.