Fitch Affirms Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-1

NEW YORK--()--Fitch Ratings affirms the senior and subordinate notes issued from Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-1 at 'AAAsf' and 'AAsf', respectively. The Rating Outlook on all outstanding notes 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's current U.S. sovereign rating is 'AAA' with a Stable Outlook.

Sufficient Credit Enhancement (CE): Transaction CE is provided by overcollateralization (OC) and excess spread. In addition, the class A notes benefit from subordination from the class B notes. As of the October 2015 distribution report, senior and total parity are at 105.34% and 102.04%, respectively. The trust has been releasing cash as the specified OC amount that requires the greater of 2.0% of the adjusted pool balance and $2,000,000 has been met.

Adequate Liquidity Support: Liquidity support is provided by a reserve account (greater of 0.50% of outstanding notes or $437,500 floor).

Acceptable Servicing Capabilities: National Education Loan Network, Inc. is the master servicer. Xerox Education Services, Tru Student, Inc., Great Lake Educational Loan Services, Inc. and Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency are the sub-servicers of this trust. In Fitch's opinion, all the servicers are acceptable servicers of FFELP student loans.

RATING SENSITIVITIES

Since 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 build-up of credit enhancement driven by positive excess spread given favorable basis factor conditions could lead to future upgrades.

DUE DILIGENCE USAGE

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

Fitch has affirmed the following ratings:

Nelnet Student Loan Trust 2013-1:

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

--Class B notes at 'AAsf'; 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 U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria (pub. 23 Jun 2014)

https://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=750530

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Contacts

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
Kevin Corrigan
Senior Director
+1-212-908-9156
or
Media Relations
Sandro Scenga, New York, +1 212-908-0278
sandro.scenga@fitchratings.com