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Fitch Affirms SMS Student Loan Trust 1998-A Notes

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the senior and subordinate student loan notes issued by SMS Student Loan Trust 1998-A at 'AAAsf'. The Rating Outlooks, which are tied to the sovereign rating of the U.S. government, remain Negative.

Fitch affirms the ratings on the notes based on the sufficient level of credit enhancement to cover the applicable risk factor stresses. Credit enhancement for the senior and subordinate notes consists of overcollateralization and projected minimum excess spread, while the senior notes also benefit from subordination provided by the class B notes.

Fitch used its 'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' and 'Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS' to review the ratings.

Fitch has affirmed the following ratings:

SMS Student Loan Trust 1998-A:

--A-2 at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Negative;

--B at 'AAAsf'; Outlook Negative.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'. The ratings above were solicited by, or on behalf of, the issuer, and therefore, Fitch has been compensated for the provision of the ratings.

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria' (June 6, 2012);

--'Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS' (April 3, 2012).

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=679923

Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Student Loan ABS Criteria

http://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=675202

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