Fitch Rates Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2015-2

NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings assigns ratings to Nelnet Student Loan Trust (NSLT) 2015-2 student loan asset-backed notes as follows:

--$122,500,000 class A notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$584,500,000 class A notes 'AAAsf'; Outlook Stable;

--$15,000,000 class B notes 'A+sf'; Outlook Stable.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

High Collateral Quality: The trust collateral consists of 100% Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) loans including 24.60% rehabilitated (rehab) loans. In Fitch's opinion, the credit quality of the trust collateral is high, based on the guarantees provided by the transaction's eligible guarantors and at least 97% reinsurance of principal and accrued interest provided by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The U.S. is currently rated 'AAA' with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Cash flow scenarios for class A and B notes were satisfactory under Fitch's respective stresses. Total credit enhancement (CE) is provided by overcollateralization (OC) and excess spread, and for the class A notes, 2.08% subordination is provided by the class B notes. At closing, total and senior parity are expected to be 101.49% and 103.65%, respectively. A target OC amount equal to the greater of 2.25% of the adjusted pool balance and $2 million must be met before excess spread can be released from the trust.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by an approximate $14.44 million reserve account (2.00% of outstanding note balance), funded at closing with note proceeds. On or after the January 2017 distribution date, the specified reserve requirement will be the greater of 0.25% of the outstanding note balance and 0.10% of the initial note balance.

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: PHEAA will service approximately 77% of the 2015-2 portfolio and Xerox-ES will service the remainder. In Fitch's opinion, both 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 'NSLT 2015-2', dated March 13, 2015, available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

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);

--'Representations, Warranties and Enforcement Mechanism in Global Structure Finance Transactions' (Oct. 31, 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

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Charlene M. Davis
Director
+1 212-908-0213
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall St
New York, NY 10004
or
Secondary Analyst
Paul Jiang
Associate Director
+1 212-908-9120
or
Committee Chairperson
Tracy Wan
Senior Director
+1 212-908-9171
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com