Fitch Affirms National Collegiate Trust 2005-GATE

NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings affirms National Collegiate Trust 2005-GATE notes at 'Asf'. The Rating Outlook for the notes remains Stable. A detailed list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

Adequate Collateral Quality: The trust is collateralized by approximately $39 million private student loans originated by Bank of America under First Marblehead Corp.'s GATE Program. The projected remaining defaults are expected to range between 5%-8%. A recovery rate of 30% was applied, which was determined to be appropriate based on data previously provided by the issuer and included credit to the guarantee provided by Bank of America on loans originated pursuant to the GATE Program.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement: Credit enhancement (CE) is provided by overcollateralization (the excess of the trust's asset balance over the bond balance) and excess spread. As of the October 2015 distribution, the reported total parity ratio is 105% but Fitch only gave credit to the assets up to its release level of 104%.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account sized at 1,000,082.

Satisfactory Servicing Capabilities: Day-to-day servicing is provided by Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. Fitch believes the servicing operations are acceptable at this time.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

As Fitch's base case default proxy is derived primarily from historical collateral performance, actual performance may differ from the expected performance, resulting in higher loss levels than the base case. This will result in a decline in CE and remaining loss coverage levels available to the bonds and may make certain bond ratings susceptible to potential negative rating actions, depending on the extent of the decline in coverage. Fitch will continue to monitor the performance of the trust

DUE DILIGENCE USAGE

No third party due diligence was provided or reviewed in relation to this rating action.

Fitch affirms the following ratings:

National Collegiate Trust 2005-GATE:

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

Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com.

Applicable Criteria

Counterparty Criteria for Structured Finance and Covered Bonds (pub. 14 May 2014)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=744158

Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds (pub. 19 Dec 2014)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=838868

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria (pub. 06 Jul 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=867952

Rating Criteria for Structured Finance Servicers (pub. 23 Apr 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=864375

U.S. Private Student Loan ABS Criteria (pub. 31 Jul 2015)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=868836

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
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Nicole Edwards
Director
+1-212-908-9114
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
or
Committee Chairperson
Kevin Corrigan
Senior Director
+1-212-908-9156
or
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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Nicole Edwards
Director
+1-212-908-9114
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
33 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
or
Committee Chairperson
Kevin Corrigan
Senior Director
+1-212-908-9156
or
Media Relations:
Sandro Scenga, New York, +1 212-908-0278
Email: sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com