The State Government is set to announce a $13.8 million package aimed at helping international students through the coronavirus while insuring the state’s lucrative education sector for the future.

Students could be given one-off hardship payments of between $500 and $1,000, according to The Advertiser.

Modelling suggests that the state’s three major universities could lose a combined $100 million, should the nation’s borders remain closed for semester two of uni.

Last year, about 44,000 international students were studying and living in South Australia.

$10 million will be given to the three major unis, with an extra $3.8 million set aside for other international students studying in SA.

Trade Minister David Ridgway told The Advertiser that “every four international student enrolments creates one new job,” highlighting the importance of the sector in the state’s economy.