Coronavirus Student Resources

COVID-19 CARES Act Funding

You may be eligible to receive money from the U.S. Department of Education’s CARES Act, which was signed into law last month. The CARES Act allows Calhoun Community College and other higher education institutions to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. Please go to and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), by Friday, December 18, 2020. Your eligibility to receive funding will be determined by your FAFSA application.

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“Dear Calhoun Students” – Messages from Dr. Burke

April 29, 2020

Dear Calhoun Students,

As they say, “Persistence pays off!” Only a few more days left in the spring semester and you can give yourselves a pat on the back for persisting to the end of the term. When we started the term in January, we had no idea it would end like this! You have made the best of it and I am grateful to you and congratulate you for sticking with it through it all.

I am sorely missing the school-year-end festivities of Honors Day, Graduation and all the other fun events that celebrate your accomplishments. Hopefully, we can continue with plans to have graduation on August 7. Plans are in the works to have a virtual Honors Day and an online presentation of the Top 10 Calhoun students for the 2019-2020 school year.

Depending on your situation, this semester has been more challenging for many of you. Challenging in the sense that you learn more effectively with face-to-face classes than with online classes. You prefer to meet with your instructor, tutor or advisor in person rather than online. Some of you may have lost your job because of COVID-19 and are very concerned about buying groceries and paying the bills. Others have challenges with childcare and are essentially homeschooling on top of all your other responsibilities. Some of you have not had the necessary computer hardware/software or sufficient Internet connections. I’m sure many of you could add to this list of challenges to fit your situation in ways I have not mentioned.

At Calhoun, we have been working to figure out ways we can assist you and make things a little easier. You may have a need right now where we can help. We have created a link on the website under Student Resources, Please visit this website, complete the form and we will do everything we can to offer assistance.

Should you have a need for food go to our website that provides information about the Calhoun Cupboard at . Here you can arrange to pick up food needs at the Decatur or Huntsville campus.

If you have not already, please consider taking a class or two this summer. All classes will be online and it’s a great way to catch up, get ahead, save money and earn your degree on time. If your financial situation has changed, check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you need to complete the FAFSA or qualify for a special condition.

Thank you for persisting and overcoming the challenges of this unprecedented time!

Best wishes,

Joe Burke, PhD

Interim President

April 8, 2020

Dear Calhoun Students,

I hope and trust that you and your families are doing okay through the challenges of COVID-19. It has been amazing to see how you and your instructors have adjusted so well to the online format. We are proud that you are taking advantage of the Calhoun resources necessary to participate in the classes and complete remaining coursework. We need to hear from you if you are having trouble, so please, let your instructor, advisor, or someone at the College know if we can help you through this in any way. One neat thing I’ve noticed is that many of you are getting to see the more human side of your instructors, as they too have had to make changes and adapt to the new way we’re operating. So remember, you’re not alone and we will work through the challenges together.

I am disappointed about having to postpone graduation. It is such a great tradition at Calhoun and I personally look forward to celebrating your achievements with you, your family and friends. We will still celebrate, but as you may already have heard, we have postponed graduation until August 7th. As we get closer to the date, we will provide more information about getting your cap and gown and other instructions to prepare for commencement ceremonies.

We are successful only if you are successful, so please remember to take advantage of all of the resources the College has to offer. Online tutoring and advising services are here just for you. I would also like to remind you that it’s time to register for the summer. All of our classes will continue using the online model for the summer semester. So go ahead and sign up now to get the classes you prefer. You can get ahead, save money and graduate early by taking summer classes at Calhoun Community College and our classes transfer to four-year universities. Research tells us the more you learn, the more you earn!

Thanks again for your commitment to the goals you have set and valuing your future by getting an education at Calhoun Community College! Warhawks are Awesome!


Joe Burke, PhD

Interim President

Spring semester is just around the corner

View the Complete Spring Schedule

Contact information for each department:

Contact Admissions for help applying to Calhoun
(256) 306-2593

Contact Advising for help with registering for courses
(256) 260-4330

Contact Disability Services for information about Accommodations
Ina Smith
(256) 306-2630

Contact Financial Aid for help with FAFSA and other financial aid information
(256) 306-2628

Contact the Information Technology Help Desk for technical assistance
(256) 306-2700

Decatur – (256) 306-2777
Huntsville – (256)-890-4777

The Library has many online resources available to you

Databases can be accessed through the Library’s Homepage and also through the Alabama Virtual Library. Keep in mind that you all have access to nearly 70,000 online eBooks and thousands of scholarly journal and newspaper articles available 24/7 wherever you have an internet connection.

Librarians are still able to offer direct Reference services. Please email We will try to respond as soon as possible.

Updated Instructional videos for researching library resources can be found on the Library’s Youtube Channel.

Please do not be alarmed about any hard-copy items that you may have checked out. Hold on to the items for now; we do not charge fines. Your materials can be returned when the college resumes normal operating hours.

STAR Institute Tutoring is still available

STAR Institute is here for you! We will continue offering online/remote tutoring services so we can help you be successful and finish the semester strong. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Our tutors will correspond with you remotely via email, Skype, phone and/or desktop computers.

Here’s how to schedule your tutor appointments via MyCalhoun;

Click on STAR Institute icon Star institute Icon for Tutor Trac. Follow instructions on the screen in Tutor Trac.

Please read details below and follow guidelines so we will be able to reach you at the time of your scheduled appointment.

Detailed instructions are also on our webpage:

In order for our tutors to contact you, when making appointments you MUST list your phone number and list your email and details regarding what you need assistance in the Note section (see example below).

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In addition to STAR Institute tutoring services, we have increased your access to Each student now has 4 hours per week (including Spring Break). To access, log into BlackBoard and select Tutor.Com on the menu. buton location

If you have any concerns or issues with scheduling, you may email Student Success Director, Mrs. Valerie Cox at

The Calhoun Bookstore is offering Free Shipping and More Resource

NOTICE: All orders must be placed online through the bookstore website.

Students have the option to have their books mailed to their home or to pick-up from campus. If you choose to pick up your textbooks, you will need to wait until you receive an email stating “Ready for Pick up” before coming to the on campus bookstore.

Calhoun Bookstore New Shipping Options - Calhoun students now have a variety of shipping options when ordering textbooks. All textbooks will be ordered online and can be shipped to your home or can be picked up from the Huntsville or Decatur campus.

  • FREE Online Shipping: Visit the campus store website,, for Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more. Since many online orders are fulfilled directly from your campus store, Follett will execute online orders as long as the store is accessible by staff.
  • Access to eBooks AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Visit the campus store website,, to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. Each student can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.
  • FREE Access to Lumen Learning OER Courseware: Lumen Learning, our OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content, and offer additional resources to faculty, click here for the Lumen offer.
  • Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store website,, for the details.
Get Temporary Relief from Student Loans

If you are in a short-term financial bind, you may qualify for a deferment or a forbearance on your student loan.

Visit the Federal Student Aid Website for more information