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Fitch Affirms Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings affirms Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1’s senior and subordinate notes at ‘AAAsf’ and ‘AAsf’, respectively. The Rating Outlooks remain Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral comprises Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans (including 10.3% of rehabilitated loans as of January 2015) 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.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): CE is provided by overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust’s asset balance over bond balance), excess spread, and for the Class A notes, subordination provided by the Class B notes. As of January 2015, senior and total parities are at 104.79% and 101.40% respectively. The trust is currently releasing cash at its cash release level of the greater of 1.38% OC and $2,000,000.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a Reserve Fund sized at the greater of 0.25% of the principal balance of the notes and 0.10% of the original principal balance of the notes ($343,900). The Reserve Fund is sized at $594,373 as of January 2015.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: National Education Loan Network, Inc. is the Master Servicer, with Nelnet, Inc. acting as subservicer. Fitch believes National Education Loan Network, Inc. and Nelnet, Inc. to be acceptable servicers 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.

Initial Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the presale report titled ‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1 (US ABS)’, dated May 2, 2012.

Fitch has affirmed the following:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1:

–Class A at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable.

–Class B at ‘AAsf’; Outlook Stable.

A comparison of the transaction’s Representations, Warranties & Enforcement Mechanisms (RW&Es) to those of typical RW&Es for that asset class is available by accessing the appendix that accompanies the initial Presale Report. Please refer to ‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1 – Appendix’, published on May 2, 2012 at www.fitchratings.com.

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);

–‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1 (US ABS)’ (May 2, 2012);

–‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1 – Appendix’ (May 2, 2012);

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1 (US ABS)

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=678369

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2012-1 – Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=678416

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

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

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

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=980826

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

FinanceInvestment & Company InformationFitch RatingsNelnet, Inc. Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Harry Kohl

Associate Director

+1 212-908-0837

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

33 Whitehall Street

New York, NY 10004

or

Committee Chairperson

Tracy Wan

Senior Director

+1 212-908-9171

or

Media Relations, New York

Sandro Scenga

+1 212-908-0278

sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]

A Student Loan Repayment Trick That Can Save You Money

It’s common knowledge you can save money by paying off loans and other debts quickly or ahead of schedule. You can also save money by making monthly payments as planned, if you put in a little extra effort and do the math.

The trick? You can change your repayment period to an extended plan (for example, a 25-year instead of a 10-year repayment period) but continue to pay the amount required to be debt-free within 10 years and request the extra payment go toward the principal balance. The amount you overpay reduces the interest you’ll pay over the life of your loan. Here’s where the extra effort is necessary: You should frequently follow up with your loan servicer and check your statements to make sure the extra payment is applied as you instructed.

Perhaps you’ve heard of this tactic — it’s particularly common among homeowners with mortgages — and wondered if it’s something you could do. A Reddit user recently posted about the strategy, saying, “Am I crazy, or can I actually save money by using the extended payment plan for federal loans?”

Not crazy. It’s a smart plan, you just need to make sure you know what you’re doing.

“That post is completely on target,” said Mitch Weiss, a finance professor at the University of Hartford. He frequently writes about student loan issues for Credit.com and has written about this strategy as a good way to save money but also give yourself flexibility. “You can always fall back on that lower payment when you need it. Managing your cash flow is in your hands, then.”

In the post, the redditor provided a good example. He pays $636 each month on a 10-year repayment plan, and the required monthly payment would drop to $333 a month for a 25-year repayment plan. By continuing to pay $636 a month, the extra money would go toward the principal balance on the loan with the highest interest rate (he checked with his loan servicer, and that’s its policy — you’ll want to check with your own servicer to confirm if this is its policy as well). In the event he can’t afford the $636 some months, he can fall back on the lower required payment, rather than having to go the servicer and explain the hardship and try and work something out (or make a partial payment and get hit with late fees or skip a payment and get a delinquency on his credit report).

The redditor said he used a loan calculator and found that he’d pay off his debt two months faster and save more than $1,000 in interest that the loan would have accrued under the 10-year plan.

“Am I missing something here, or is this a no-risk way of saving $1,100 and 2 months? I mean it gives emergency flexibility AND saves me money?” he wrote.

As dozens of people replied (and Weiss confirmed), the math is correct, but when it comes to student loans, you need to be careful.

“It’s all about execution, and the way that you ensure execution is that you have your directions in writing and you follow up,” Weiss said. Tell your servicer exactly what you want them to do with that extra payment (put it toward the principal balance, and if there are multiple loans, the principal balance of the loan with the highest rate), and make sure they do it. Otherwise, they may take the extra payment as a future payment and just not charge you again until the prepaid amount runs out.

Another Reddit commenter said it took emailing his or her servicer every 48 hours for almost two months to make sure the servicer applied the payment as instructed. Weiss said he’s heard and read about that complaint a lot.

“It was a very constructive string of comments,” Weiss said. “I think this demonstrates how serious an issue this is for so many people and how so many people are taking this so seriously.”

As you pay down your student loans (no matter your strategy), it can help to keep an eye on your credit reports for any inaccuracies or problems that could drag down your credit score. You can get a free credit report summary, updated every 30 days on Credit.com, to track your progress as you get out of debt.

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Fitch Rates KHESLC 2015-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings assigns the following rating to the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation series 2015-1 (KHESLC 2015-1) student loan asset-backed notes:

–$134,605,000 2015-1 notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans, including approximately 50.2% of rehab 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.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Cash flow scenarios for class A notes were satisfactory under Fitch stresses. At closing, total parity is expected to be 104.0%. Total credit enhancement (CE) is provided by overcollateralization (OC) and excess spread.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support for the 2015-1 notes is provided by a $336,513 reserve fund and a $3.5 million capitalized interest account both of which will be funded with note proceeds at closing.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: KHESLC will service the entire 2015-1 portfolio, and Nelnet Servicing LLC will be the backup servicer. Fitch believes that both servicers are acceptable servicers of FFELP student 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. For further discussion of Fitch’s sensitivity analysis, please see the presale titled ‘KHESLC 2015-1’, dated Feb. 5, 2015.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ (August 2014);

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

–‘Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanism in Global Structure Finance Transactions’ (October 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

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=980439

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

FinanceInvestment & Company InformationFitch Ratingsstudent loan Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Nicole Edwards, +1-212-908-9114

Director

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

33 Whitehall

New York, NY 10004

or

Secondary Analyst

Harry Kohl, +1-212-908-0837

Associate Director

or

Committee Chairperson

Tracy Wan, +1-212-908-9171

Senior Director

or

Media Relations

Sandro Scenga, New York, +1-212-908-0278

sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]

Fitch Rates Navient Student Loan Trust 2015-1

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings assigns ratings to Navient Student Loan Trust 2015-1 as follows:

–$343,600,000 class A-1 notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–$629,700,000 class A-2 notes ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–$26,700,000 class B notes ‘A+sf’; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans, including approximately 15.1% of rehab 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 currently rates the U.S. at ‘AAA’/Stable.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Cash flow scenarios for the class A and B notes were satisfactory under Fitch’s ‘AAAsf’ and ‘A+sf’ stresses, respectively. Credit enhancement (CE) is provided by overcollateralization (OC), excess spread and, for the class A notes, approximately 2.67% of subordination provided by the class B notes. A target OC amount equal to the greater of 1.50% of the adjusted pool balance and $3.0 million must be met before excess cash can be released.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account sized at 1.65% of the initial student loan balance which is funded at closing. The required reserve account balance for any distribution dates prior to May 25, 2016 (the step-down date) is 1.65% of the current student loan balance. Thereafter, the requirement will be the greater of 0.25% of the current student loan balance and 0.10% of the initial student loan balance.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Navient Solutions, Inc. (formerly known as Sallie Mae, Inc.) will service 100% of the trust’s student loan pool. In Fitch’s opinion, Navient Solutions, Inc. is an acceptable servicer of FFELP student 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 CE driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivities are further described in the pre-sale report titled ‘Navient Student Loan Trust 2015-1’, and for a further discussion on the representations, warranties, and enforcement mechanisms available to investors in this transaction, please see the related presale appendix, dated Feb. 12, 2015, available on www.fitchratings.com, or by clicking on the link.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

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

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

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

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

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

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

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=980410

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

FinanceFinancial AidFitch Ratingsstudent loan Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Nicole Edwards

Director

+1 212-908-9114

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

33 Whitehall Street

New York, NY 10004

or

Secondary Analyst

Victoria Ohorodnyk

Director

+1 212-908-0866

or

Committee Chairperson

Tracy Wan

Senior Director

+1 212-908-9171

or

Media Relations:

Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278

sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]

Fitch Affirms Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2014-2 Notes; Outlook Stable

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings affirms all outstanding notes issued from Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2014-2 (Nelnet 2014-2). The Rating Outlook on all outstanding notes remains Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans, including approximately 24.77% of rehabilitated 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 rating at ‘AAA’, Outlook Stable.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: CE is provided by overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust’s asset balance over bond balance) and excess spread. As of the December 2014 collection period, total parity is 101.27% and senior parity is 105.07%. Currently, cash is being released as the trust has reached the target OC release level of the greater of 1.25% of the adjusted pool balance and $2,000,000.

Adequate Liquidity Support: is provided by a $2.362 million reserve account as of the December 2014 collection period. On or after the August 2015 distribution date, the specified reserve requirement account will be sized at 0.25% of outstanding notes with $509,000 floor.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: As of December 2014, Nelnet, Inc. services approximately 65.01% of the 2014-2 portfolio. Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) (14.65%), Xerox Education Services, LLC (12.67%), and Great Lakes Education Loan Services Inc. (GLESI) (7.67%) service the remaining portion of the portfolio. In Fitch’s opinion, all servicers are acceptable servicers of FFELP student loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since 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 credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Fitch affirms the following:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2014-2:

–Class A-1 notes at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class A-2 notes at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class A-3 notes at ‘AAAsf’; Outlook Stable;

–Class B notes at ‘A+sf’; Outlook Stable.

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);

–‘Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2014-2 – Appendix’ (March 3, 2014);

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria – Effective from 20 May 2014 to 4 August 2014

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=748821

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

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

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2014-2 — Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=738836

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

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

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=980267

ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE READ THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: HTTP://FITCHRATINGS.COM/UNDERSTANDINGCREDITRATINGS. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC WEBSITE ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM‘. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE AT ALL TIMES. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS SITE. FITCH MAY HAVE PROVIDED ANOTHER PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS RELATED THIRD PARTIES. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS BASED IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE FOUND ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY PAGE FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH WEBSITE.

FinanceInvestment & Company InformationFitch Ratings Contact:

Fitch Ratings

Primary Analyst

Charlene M. Davis

Director

+1-212-908-0213

Fitch Ratings, Inc.

33 Whitehall St.

New York, NY 10004

or

Committee Chairperson

Tracy Wan

Senior Director

+1-212-908-9171

or

Media Relations

Sandro Scenga

+1-212-908-0278

New York

sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com […]

Fitch Affirms SLM Student Loan Trust 2012-2 Notes

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings affirms the ‘AAAsf’ rating on the senior notes and affirms the subordinate notes at ‘AAsf’ issued by SLM Student Loan Trust 2012-2. The Rating Outlook remains Stable for the senior and subordinate notes. A detailed list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality:

The collateral consists of 100% 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 at “AAA”, outlook stable.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE):

While both the senior and subordinate notes will benefit from overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust’s asset balance over bond balance) and excess spread, the senior notes also benefit from subordination provided by the class B notes. As of December 2014, total parity is 101.27% (1.25% CE) and senior parity is 105.91% (5.58% CE). Cash is being released from the trust given that the specified OC amount, which is equal to the greater of 1.25 % of the adjusted pool balance and $2,000,000 has been maintained.

Adequate Liquidity Support:

Liquidity support is provided by a debt service reserve fund sized at the greater of 0.25% of the pool balance and $821,986.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities:

Navient, formerly Sallie Mae, Inc., is responsible for day-to-day servicing of the trust. Fitch believes Navient is an acceptable servicer of FFELP student 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 CE driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Initial Key Rating Drivers and Rating Sensitivity are further described in the Presale report published on Feb. 29, 2012.

Fitch has affirmed the following:

SLM Student Loan Trust 2012-2:

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

–Class B notes at ‘AAsf’; Outlook Stable.

A comparison of the transaction’s RW&Es to those of typical RW&Es for student loans is available by accessing the reports and links below.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria’ dated August 2014;

–‘Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria’ dated June 2014

–‘SLM Student Loan Trust 2012-1 – Appendix’, dated Feb. 29, 2012;

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

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

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

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=979352

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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

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Fitch Affirms Rhode Island Student Loan Authority 2009 Trust

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Fitch Ratings affirms the ratings of the bonds issued by the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) 2009 Trust at ‘Asf’. The Outlook remains Stable.

A detailed list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release.

The affirmations are based on a sufficient level of enhancement to cover the applicable risk factor stresses. The collateral consists of 100% private student loans.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Adequate Collateral Quality: The trust is collateralized by approximately $147.1 million of private student loans as of September 2014. The loans were originated under the Rhode Island Family Education Loan program by RISLA. The projected rating defaults are expected to range between 9%-11% as a percentage of the current pool balance. A recovery rate of 55% was applied which was determined to be appropriate based on data provided by the issuer.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): CE is provided by overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust’s asset balance over bond balance) and excess spread. Total parity is currently 110.36% as of September 2014. Cash may be released to the issuer until Dec. 1, 2017 provided that parity exceeds 121%.

Satisfactory Servicing Capabilities: Day-to-day servicing is provided by RISLA. Fitch believes the servicing operations are acceptable at this time.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

As Fitch’s base case default proxy is derived primarily from historical collateral performance, actual performance may differ from the expected performance, resulting in higher loss levels than the base case. This will result in a decline in CE and remaining loss coverage levels available to the notes and may make certain note ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage. Fitch will continue to monitor the performance of the trust.

A comparison of the transaction’s Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms (RW&E) to those of typical RW&Es for that asset class is available at www.fitchratings.com

Fitch affirms the following ratings:

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2009

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017* at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019* at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Term 2030 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2010A

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2023 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2024 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2025 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2026 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2010B

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2023 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2024 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2025 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2012A

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2023 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2024 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2025 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2013A

–Serial 2015 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2016 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2017 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2018 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2019 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2020 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2021 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2022 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2023 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2024 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2025 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2026 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2027 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–Serial 2028 at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority Series 2014

–A(2015) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2016) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2017) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2018) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2019) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2020) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2021) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2022) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2023) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2024) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2025) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2026) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2027) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2028) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable;

–A(2029) at ‘Asf’; Outlook Stable.

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

–‘U.S. Private Student Loan ABS Criteria’ (Jan. 29, 2014);

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

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

–‘Rhode Island Student Loan Authority 2014 Senior Series A–Appendix’ (April 1, 2014).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

U.S. Private Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=730956

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanisms in Global Structured Finance Transactions

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

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority 2014 Senior Series A — Appendix

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=739055

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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

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Common Tax Filing Rules for Student Loan Credits, Deductions

With the Super Bowl coming up soon and the end of the football season approaching, the Student Loan Ranger wanted to remind you that it will soon be that time again — tax season. We’ve talked about the different higher education deductions and credits before , but it’s important to know that how you file your taxes, or how someone else files them, will make all the difference as to whether you can take advantage of some of these benefits.

By now, you’re probably familiar with the two most commonly used credits and deductions: the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning tax credits, and the tuition and fees and student loan interest deductions. If you need a refresher, the previous blog post, along with Publication 970 at the Internal Revenue Service website will bring you up to speed.

Here’s what taxpayers should know about how to file to get the most out of these credits and deductions.

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— Credits: The American Opportunity Credit can be a good way to reduce the amount of total tax you owe as it allows you to credit up to $2,500 in qualified education expenses that you paid over the tax year, per student. If you have more than one student in your household, those credits can add up pretty quickly while your tax bill goes down. You can only claim it, however, if the student for whom you paid these expenses was you, your spouse or someone that you claim as a dependent.

If you’re the student and you paid the expenses but someone else claims you as a dependent, you won’t be able to claim the credit. The person that claims you, however, can. You also can’t claim the credit if you’re married and you and your spouse decide to file your taxes separately.

Up to 40 percent of this credit is refundable, so if you end up having money left over after paying your taxes, you could get some of this credit back in cash.

The Lifetime Learning Credit can also reduce the total amount of income tax you may owe by up to $2,000, although this one is nonrefundable. This means that it can bring your income tax bill to zero, but you won’t ever get a refund of any excess you claimed beyond your income tax owed.

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On the other hand, while you are only allowed to claim the American Opportunity Credit for a total of four years per student, there is no limit to the number of years you can claim the Lifetime Learning Credit. If you are paying qualified education expenses for more than one student, you can claim a different credit for each student if you choose to.

As far as your filing status goes, the requirements are the same as they are for the American Opportunity Credit. The student has to be either you, your spouse or someone you claim as a dependent, and you cannot file as married filing separately.

— Deductions: A deduction is different from a credit in that instead of reducing the tax you owe, it reduces the income from which your tax liability is calculated. So if your income is $60,000, but you have deductions equaling $5,000, the IRS will only calculate the tax you owe off $55,000.

There are two higher education-related tax deductions you might qualify for. The most common is the student loan interest deduction that allows some consumers to deduct up to $2,500 in qualified interest payments made during the tax year from their taxed income. You may be able to claim this deduction if you or someone else made interest payments on your qualified student loan during the tax year.

If someone else claims you as an exemption on their return, neither of you may claim the deduction. You also are excluded from claiming the deduction if you are married but filing separately from your spouse.

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The other deduction you might be eligible for is up to $4,000 in qualified tuition and fees you paid during the year for yourself, your spouse or a dependent. You can even claim those qualified expenses that were paid with the funds from a loan.

Similar to the other credits and deductions, you cannot use this deduction if you are married filing separately or if someone else can claim you as a dependent. You also cannot claim both this deduction along with either the American Opportunity or Lifetime Learning credits.

As you can see, all of these deductions and credits have similar, but not quite the same filing rules in order to qualify. They also almost all have an income ceiling where you would no longer qualify.

It’s important to know all the rules and consult with a qualified tax professional, which the Student Loan Ranger is not. And, if you’ve defaulted on a prior student loan, know that your tax refund could be in jeopardy So with all that said, enjoy the Super Bowl!

Betsy Mayotte, director of regulatory compliance for American Student Assistance, regularly advises consumers on planning and paying for college. Mayotte, who received a B.S. in business communications from Bentley College, is a frequent contributor to ASA’s SALT Blog; responds to public inquiries via the advice resource “Just Ask;” and is frequently quoted in traditional and social media on the topics of student loans and financial aid.

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