The oft-overlooked passport cost can be a real killer for college students. Image courtesy of Flickr user Bryansblog and licensed under CC by SA 2.0Traveling abroad is an increasingly common part of the American college experience, be it a semester in Europe or a crazy spring break week in Mexico.  If you see yourself leaving the friendly confines of the US any time in the near future, now may be the time to renew your passport.  The government has generously given us a week’s notice of the impending jump in passport fees: from $75 to $110. 

If you’re feeling thrifty and see yourself staying on the continent, the fairly new passport card is good for all land and sea-based border crossings from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.  It’s only $30 if you already have a passport, making this the perfect Spring Break ticket for cash-strapped students.  Just remember that you’ll need to pony up for the real thing as soon as you find yourself flying internationally.

Update: Emily made a good point in the comments that passports usually take a long time to arrive. It seems like as long as you fill out the paperwork before the 13th you will still be charged the lower rate, but keep in mind that it could be weeks or months before you actually get your passport.