Fitch Affirms SLM Student Loan Trust 2006-5

NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings affirms the SLM Student Loan Trust 2006-5 senior notes at 'AAAsf' and subordinate note at 'Asf'. The Rating Outlook remains Stable for all classes.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% of Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans. The credit quality of the trust collateral is high 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 at 'AAA' with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit Enhancement is provided by excess spread and for the class A notes, subordination provided by the class B notes. As of March 2014, total parity is 100% and senior parity is 104.91% (4.68% CE). Cash is being released from the trust given that the 100% total parity is maintained.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account which is determined as the greater of 0.25% of the pool balance and $4,524,559.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: Day to day servicing is provided by Navient Solutions, Inc. (formerly known as Sallie Mae, Inc.). In Fitch's opinion, 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 credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

Fitch has affirmed the following ratings and Outlooks as shown below:

SLM Student Loan Trust Series 2006-5:

--Class A4 at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable ;

--Class A5 at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable ;

--Class A6-A at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable ;

--Class A6-B at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable ;

--Class A6-C at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable ;

--Class B at 'Asf'; Outlook Stable .

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

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (May 24, 2014);

--'Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria' (May 17, 2013).

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=708795

Additional Disclosure

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http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=831352

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Lisette Figueroa
Analyst
+1-212-908-0836
Fitch Ratings, Inc., 33 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
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Steven Stubbs
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Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Lisette Figueroa
Analyst
+1-212-908-0836
Fitch Ratings, Inc., 33 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
or
Committee Chairperson
Steven Stubbs
Senior Director
+1-212-908-0676
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1-212-908-0278 (New York)
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com