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Fitch Affirms Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2012-2

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2012-2 class 2012-2 note at ‘AAAsf’. The Rating Outlook remains Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% (99.84% Non-Rehab; 0.16% Rehab) of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans. The credit quality of the trust collateral is high, in Fitch’s opinion, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction’s eligible guarantors and reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest. Fitch currently rates the U.S. sovereign ‘AAA’ with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): The CE is provided by overcollateralization and future excess spread. As of June 2014, total parity is 104.39% (4.2% CE). The trust is a turbo structure therefore no cash is released until the note is paid in full.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support for the note is provided by a debt service reserve account. The reserve is sized equal to the greater of 0.25% of the pool balance and $390,000. Additionally, a $600,000 balance will be retained in the revenue fund until the September 2015 monthly distribution date.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Day-to-day servicing is provided by Nelnet Servicing, LLC. Fitch considers Nelnet to be an acceptable servicer of FFELP loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since FFELP student loan ABS rely on the U.S. government to reimburse defaults, ‘AAAsf’ FFELP ABS ratings will likely move in tandem with the ‘AAA’ U.S. sovereign rating. Aside from the U.S. sovereign rating, defaults and basis risk account for the majority of the risk embedded in FFELP student loan transactions. Additional defaults and basis shock beyond Fitch’s published stresses could result in future downgrades. Likewise, a buildup of credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

A comparison of the transaction’s representations, warranties, and enforcement mechanisms (RW&Es) to those of typical RW&Es for FFELP asset-backed securities is available in the presale appendix. This presale appendix and Fitch’s special report on ‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms on Global Structured Finance Transactions,’ may be accessed via the links provided below.

Additional information is available at ‘www.fitchratings.com‘.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (May 20, 2014);

–‘Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria’ (June 23, 2014).

–‘Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, Series 2012-2 Appendix’ dated Nov. 7, 2012;

–‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions – Amended’ dated April 17, 2012.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=754389

Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750530

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority, Series 2012-2 Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=692972

Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=676496

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=901394

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