Data Breaches are getting more common and Security Threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated.Passwords have long been the standard for securing information behind a login, to authenticate users as valid users of the information. However, with the increasing sophistication of threats, passwords are nolonger sufficient to secure information.To address this, alternate factors of authentication, besides passwords, are required to secure user accounts. Authentication factors are classified as:
1. What you know – Passwords, Access Codes, Answers to Security Questions, etc.
2. What you have – Registered Mobile Numbers, Email IDs etc. for One-Time Passcodes
3. What you are – Biometrics such as Retina, Fingerprints, etc.
To provide a highly secure environment, authentication during logins must be adaptive. MFA understands deviations from regular user behavior patterns and requires additional authentication by the user with a different factor other than passwords. Criteria considered to monitor deviations from patterns include accessing users’ time-zone, geo-location and device among others.

Download Multi-Factor Authentication Grant Application


Why is Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication essential to Campuses?

To deliver secure access to essential applications without the risk of impersonation, campuses use adaptive authentication. It not only gives students and staff increased security to their accounts through risk-based authentication, but also eliminates the risk of unauthorized access and malpractice, thereby delivering considerable IT cost savings. Adaptive Multi-Factor Authentication (AMFA) is a security reinforcement that ensures that there is no room for intruder and the authentication is strengthened by using additional factors.

Key Components of the Grant:

The Multi-Factor Authentication Grant provides selected institutions a grant award up to $50,000 over a period of five years which covers licensing, hosting, professional services and support costs associated with implementing the solution.


Five (5) grants available


K-12 Schools and Accredited Institutions of Higher Education


  1. Applications Open on March 20th, 2019
  2. Apply for the Grant by May 20th, 2019
  3. Review of Application by Grant Review Committee by May 27th, 2019
  4. Grant Award Letter issued to Grant Recipients by June 3rd, 2019
  5. Grant Award Walkthrough by June 11th, 2019
  6. Execution of Grant Award Agreement by June 17th, 2019
  7. Project Kick-Off by July 1st, 2019


  1. Download and fill the grant application form
  2. Submit grant applications to grantapplication@campusconsortium.org by 5:00 pm ET on  May 20th, 2019


  1. Applicant demonstrates a commitment to implementing the solution (e.g. letter from president highlighting the problem that the solution solves and why the grant would be helpful in meeting strategic objectives)
  2. Preference will be given to applications who have a letter of recommendation from a previous grant recipient