We are in discussion with the Graduate Council about the time-to-degree policies at our campus and the placement of graduate students on probation who exceed the 7 year mark. It would be most helpful to hear how other campuses encourage timely completion of advanced degrees while not causing any detrimental effects.
We have, pending approval hopefully in the coming weeks, a Continuation Fee for Ph.D. students above the 5th-year (from the 6th year on). The proposed fee would be around 450 US$ per semester (but ~250 US$ per Summer term). If approved by our Managing Council, this fee will also be subject to the student’s good standing after their annual review.
We have a 7 year time limit for Masters students and 10 years for PhD. We do not formally penalize students who approach these time limits. We have an appeals process for students who run over these limits.
Richard Collins, University of Alaska Fairbanks