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Fitch Rates New Hampshire Health & Education Facilities Authority Education Loan Revenue Bonds.

NEW YORK -- Fitch has assigned ratings to the following education loan revenue bonds issued by New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority.

--$85,000,000 Education Loan Revenue Bonds, Series 2007A 'AAA';

--$15,000,000 Education Loan Revenue Bonds, Series 2007B 'A'.

Additionally, Fitch confirms the ratings on the following outstanding Education Loan Revenue bonds:

--$52,000,000 Series 2006A 'AAA';

--$23,000,000 Series 2006B 'A';

--$60,000,000 Series 2005A-1 'AAA';

--$60,000,000 Series 2005A-2 'AAA';

--$30,000,000 Series 2005B 'A';

--$41,000,000 Series 2004A-1 'AAA';

--$41,000,000 Series 2004A-2 'AAA';

--$18,000,000 Series 2004B 'A';

--$75,000,000 Series 2003A 'AAA';

--$50,000,000 Series 2002A 'AAA';

--$15,000,000 Series 2002B 'A';

--$35,000,000 Series 2001A 'AAA';

--$15,000,000 Series 2001B 'A';

--$25,000,000 Series 2000A 'AAA';

--$45,000,000 Series 1999B 'A';

--$25,000,000 Series 1998B 'A'.

The ratings are based on the quality of the student loan portfolio; the credit enhancement provided; and the legal structure of the trust. The collateral consists of both Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) student loans, as well as alternative loans originated by the issuer which are capped at 24% of the aggregate market value of the trust estate. The ratings address the ability of the trust to pay bond principal at maturity and pay timely interest. The ratings do not address the ability of the auction-rate bondholders to successfully remarket their bonds at an auction now or in the future.

The series 2007A-2 and 2007B bonds are tax-exempt auction rate certificates. Interest is payable semiannually beginning June 1, 2007. The legal final maturity dates for the series 2007A-2 and 2007B bonds are December 1, 2041.

Credit enhancement for the trust consists of the reserve fund, sized at 2% of previously issued bonds outstanding and 0.75% of the 2006 and 2007 bonds outstanding, with a floor of $500,000; and excess spread. In addition, the senior bonds benefit from 12.55% subordination provided by the subordinated bonds.

Under a loan agreement, New Hampshire Health and Education Facilities Authority (Authority) pledges the proceeds of its tax-exempt issuance to New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation (Corporation) who, in turn, issues a collateral bond to the Authority as security for the loan. The Corporation will use the tax-exempt proceeds to acquire additional eligible student loans.

The Authority is an agency of the State of New Hampshire. It was created to assist certain New Hampshire nonprofit educational institutions and nonprofit health care institutions in the construction and financing of projects undertaken in relation to educational and health care facilities, and to assist qualified entities in the financing of student loan programs. The Authority achieves its mission by issuance of its bonds and by making money available to qualified borrowers through its capital loan program.

The Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation incorporated on February 24, 1983 under the laws of the State of New Hampshire for the purpose of providing low cost financial assistance to eligible students or their parents. The Corporation was formed at the request of the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (Foundation) in order to originate and service education loans and to provide education loan management services. In 1993 the Corporation was designated as the state's eligible lender under the Higher Education Act at which time it began originating loans. Under a servicing agreement dated Jan. 1, 1997, Granite State Management & Resources provides complete administrative, management, and support services for the Corporation's loan programs.

Fitch's rating definitions and the terms of use of such ratings are available on the agency's public site, www.fitchratings.com. Published ratings, criteria and methodologies are available from this site, at all times. Fitch's code of conduct, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, affiliate firewall, compliance and other relevant policies and procedures are also available from the 'Code of Conduct' section of this site.
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