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Fitch Affirms NC State Education Assistance Authority - 1995 Master Trust; Outlook Stable

June 27, 2014



NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings affirms the senior notes at 'AAAsf' issued by North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority - 1995 Master Trust. The Rating Outlook remains Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% 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. 'AAA' with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) is provided by overcollateralization (OC; the excess of trust's asset balance over bond balance) and excess spread. As of March 2014, total parity is 132.45%, and the trust cannot release excess cash until all notes are paid in full.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a debt service reserve fund sized at the greater of 3% of the bond balance and $500,000. The debt service reserve fund is sized at $4,713,540 as of March 2014.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: College Foundation, Inc. is responsible for the day-to-day servicing of the loans in the trust. In Fitch's opinion, they are 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 rating:

North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority - 1995 Master Trust:

--2005P at 'AAAsf'; 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).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

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

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=836987

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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

Source: Fitch Ratings


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