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Fitch Upgrades Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2 Sub Note; Affirms Sr Note

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the senior note issued by Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2 at ‘AAAsf’. In addition, Fitch upgrades the subordinate note to ‘AAsf’ from ‘Asf’. The upgrade is driven by stable performance, increased parity and seasoning of the collateral. The Rating Outlook remains Stable for both classes.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans, including approximately 21% of rehabilitated (rehab) 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. The current U.S. sovereign rating is ‘AAA’ with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): While both the senior and subordinate notes will benefit from overcollateralization (OC) and future excess spread, the senior notes also benefit from subordination provided by the class B note. As of November 2014, total parity is 101.01% (1% CE) and senior parity is 104.92% (4.68% CE). The trust is releasing cash as long as the specified OC (greater of 1.0% of the Adjusted Pool Balance and $2,000,000) is maintained.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support for note is provided by a reserve account (0.25% of pool balance or $1,156,000).

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Nelnet, Inc. (Nelnet) is servicing approximately 77% of the portfolio and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is servicing approximately 23%. Fitch considers both servicers to be acceptable servicers 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.

Fitch has taken the following rating actions:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2:

–Class A affirmed at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class B upgraded to ‘AAsf’ from ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

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);

–‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2 — Appendix’ (Feb. 19, 2013);

–‘Representations, Warranties, and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions’ (October 31, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=799248

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-2 — Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=702153

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

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

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=978762

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