Appropriated by the Missouri General Assembly in 1986, students have not seen an increase in awarded monies since Bright Flight's introduction. Again, Bright Flight has never been increased. Many students and higher education officials have observed that tuition expenses at the University of Missouri - Columbia, for example, were below $2000 in 1987 and thus were fully covered by Bright Flight at its introduction. In 2006, following a period of incredible increases in tuition expenses that easily outpaced inflation, Bright Flight covered only a fraction of the more than $6000 a typical student spent on tuition at the University of Missouri.