Alberto Hernández, 22, from Vega Baja. (Xavier J. Araújo Berríos)

Alberto Hernández knows what it is like to blow the transmission of his decrepit 2000 Camry and leave it rusting and catching dust at home for a year, all because he did not have the money to get it running. He knows what it is like to miss a semester of class in the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) for not having transportation and not being eligible for the scholarship upon his return, since he had dropped out during the previous semester.

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