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Fitch Affirms Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2006-3 Notes

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2006-3 senior and subordinate notes at ‘AAAsf’ and ‘A+sf’, respectively. The Rating Outlook remains Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral comprises Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans with guaranties provided by eligible guarantors and reinsurance provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest. Fitch’s current U.S. sovereign rating is ‘AAA’ with a Stable Outlook.

Credit Enhancement: Credit Enhancement is provided by overcollateralization, excess spread, and for the class A notes, subordination provided by the class B notes. As of November 2014, the senior and total parities are 105.15% and 100.41%, respectively. Excess cash will continue to be released from the trust as long as the overcollateralization level is maintained.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account, determined as the greater of 0.25% of the pool balance and $3,294,279.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Nelnet Inc. as the servicer is responsible for the day-to-day servicing of this trust. In Fitch’s opinion, Nelnet is an acceptable servicer of FFELP student loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since the FFELP student loan ABS relies 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 CE driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Fitch has affirmed the following ratings:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2006-3:

–Class A-4 at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class A-5 at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class A-6 at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class B at ‘A+sf’; Outlook Stable.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (Aug. 4, 2014);

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

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=979254

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