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 at least 97% reinsurance of principal and accrued interest provided by the
Fitch currently rates the U.S. at 'AAA' with a Stable Outlook.
Sufficient Credit Enhancement: The cash flow results for the class A notes were satisfactory under Fitch 'AAAsf' stresses. At closing, total parity is expected to be approximately 101.42%, and senior parity is expected to be 104.04%. Total credit enhancement (CE) at closing is provided by overcollateralization of
Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is initially provided by a
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 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 presale report titled '
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 '
Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.
--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (
--'Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria' (
Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria
Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria
Source: Fitch Ratings
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