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How to save money at Boston home-schooling lodges

Home-school students in Boston are scrambling to save as much as $2,000 a year by renting out their dorm rooms to other students.

With students’ living expenses soaring and a growing number of students moving in, there’s a lot of competition for places to stay.

“It’s a battle,” said Jessica Pacheco, a home-education specialist with the Boston-based Home-School Legal Defense Association.

She’s one of dozens of advocates and home-chooling advocates who are working to make it easier for home-educated students to live independently and in smaller groups.

While the Boston area has seen a boom in home-ed programs in recent years, many of them are located on the east side of the city.

Pacheo, along with other home-educational activists, is lobbying the Massachusetts Association of School Administrators (MASSAO) to require that students who rent their homes be enrolled in a home education program, or HOPE.

If approved, MASSAO would be the first to implement HOPE in Massachusetts, which has nearly 2,000 HOPE programs.

“This is a very significant step forward,” said MASSAG president Mary A. Smith, who is also the chair of the National Home Education Association.

“The HOPE program has helped thousands of students through the school year and in the long run, they can make the transition to a better job.”

Home-education programs have been around for years, but have only recently been expanded to cover the entire country.

As a result, many families are looking for the best-suited places for their children.

But for some home-based students, renting out rooms is a difficult decision.

“We are finding that students are taking advantage of this system because they’re being able to rent out rooms to students in the same dorms,” Pachecoso said.

“When you’re in a student-run home-reuniting program, you are the only one that has the ability to book rooms for students.

And sometimes, they’ll get to use the room they want and it doesn’t fit the other students room.”

The best choice for students who want to stay at home with their parents is the home-admission program for children of students in their home school program.

The program, called the Home Admissions and Home Education (HOPE) program, allows home-attached students to earn their HOPE certificate and can help students save money by renting rooms in a specific dorm.

It’s a great option for those students who need the flexibility to live anywhere in the state, said Mary E. Smith of the Massachusetts Home Admission Network.

Home-admitted students are also required to participate in the Massachusetts Community College System (MCCS) college-admissions program, which can help them save money as they transition from their home to the more expensive MCCS.

The Massachusetts MCCs admission rates are high and students who graduate from home-in-residence programs are often eligible for admission to a MCC in the fall.

But they have also faced criticism from some critics who say MCC admissions policies and practices are unfair to those who are home-medicated, which makes them ineligible for a full-time scholarship.

“Home-admitting students are really hard to keep on track,” said Stephanie Schulz, director of student affairs at the American Council of Education.

“I’ve been in that situation and I know what it’s like.”

With all the competing options, some students are finding it more difficult to save.

“They’re not getting any help from MASSAA or any of these other organizations,” said Pachecoso.

“So there’s always a bit of a gap.”

Pacheca said the HOPE student-led movement has a long way to go to make HOPE available to all students in Massachusetts.

“There’s still a lot to do to get this program in place,” she said.

If MASSAHOP does pass, it would be a step forward for students, but it wouldn’t be the end of the story.

Pachacosos home-study program would continue in the interim, but students who are struggling would be able to make rent.

“What it will do is help keep a little bit of dignity in the room,” said Schulz.

“Some of them would love to have their room.”