Fitch Ratings maintains the Rating Watch Negative on the senior notes currently rated 'AAAsf' and affirms the subordinate note at 'A+sf', Outlook Stable issued by High Collateral Quality:
The collateral consists of 100 percent 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
Rating Watch Maintained: 'AAAsf' rated tranches of U.S. FFELP student loan ABS are maintained on Rating Watch Negative following the revision of the U.S. sovereign rating on
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 note. As of
Adequate Liquidity Support:
Liquidity support is provided by a debt service reserve fund sized at the greater of 0.50 percent of the pool balance and
Acceptable Servicing Capabilities:
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.
Fitch has taken the following rating actions:
--Senior Class A-2 at 'AAAsf'; Rating Watch Negative maintained;
--Senior Class A-3 at 'AAAsf'; Rating Watch Negative maintained;
--Subordinate Class B affirmed at 'A+sf'; Outlook Stable.
Additional information is available at 'fitchratings.com'.
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Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria
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Fitch Ratings maintains the Rating Watch Negative on the senior notes currently rated 'AAAsf' and affirms the subordinate note at 'A+sf', Outlook Stable issued by
High Collateral Quality: