How does Multifactor Authentication (MFA) work?

Time-Based One Time Password

Time Based One Time Password (TOTP) is a one time password that is only useable for 30-60 seconds. This can be done using a smartphone app. VCCS policy states that students logging into MyMECC must configure MFA to verify your identity during the login process. Instructions for setting up MFA are listed below.

NOTE: If you do not have a smartphone, 

Visit to submit a helpdesk ticket. A technician will contact you with an alternate method of MFA. 

Step 1: Login to MyMECC

  1. From a PC visit MyMECC. On the portal you will be presented with the login screens as usual.
  2. Enter your MyMECC username and click “Go”
  3. Then enter your password
VCCS Login2 (1)

Step 2: Update Profile

  1. On the upper right of the portal select your name and then select “Profile Settings”
  2. A window will pop up on the right of the screen. Select “edit profile” button on the lower right.
MFA_Edit Profile


  1. Select the option “OPT-IN MFA TOTP
  2. Click Save
  3. On the upper right of the portal select your name and then select “Logout” .

Step 4: Download The Microsoft Authenticator Smartphone App

If you already have the app skip to step 5

In either the Apple App Store or the Google play store search for “Microsoft Authenticator”

Step 5: Log Back Into MyMECC

  1. From a PC , log back into MyMECC.
  2. You will be presented with a QR Code.
Sample QR

Step 6: Open Microsoft Authenicator App 

  1. Apple Users, Click on “+”
  2. Android Users, Click on “…”

Step 7: Scan QR Code

  1. Select Personal Account
  2. Select “Scan QR Code”
Add account

Step 8: Add MyMECC Account to Microsoft Authenicator 

  1. After selecting “Scan Barcode” your camera will show a box on the screen.
  2. Center the camera “box” over the QR barcode and Microsoft Authenticator will automatically create a new item in your list of systems with the name “myVCCS”
Scan QR Code

Step 9: Final Step

  1. Enter the code displayed on your Microsoft Authenticator App.
  2. A code from the Microsoft Authenticator App must be entered with each new login.
OneTime Code

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) Help

If you need assistance with setting up or troubleshooting MFA issues, visit