Press Release

DBRS Morningstar Confirms Ratings on GCO Education Loan Funding Master Trust-II

Student Loans
August 14, 2023

DBRS, Inc. (DBRS Morningstar) confirmed its ratings on all classes of securities included in two series of GCO Education Loan Funding Master Trust-II:

The rating actions are based on the following analytical considerations:

-- The transaction assumptions consider DBRS Morningstar’s baseline macroeconomic scenarios for rated sovereign economies, available in its commentary “Baseline Macroeconomic Scenarios for Rated Sovereigns: June 2023 Update,” published on June 30, 2023. These baseline macroeconomic scenarios replace DBRS Morningstar’s moderate and adverse Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic scenarios, which were first published in April 2020.

-- The transaction’s capital structure and form and sufficiency of available credit enhancement. The current level of hard credit enhancements are sufficient to support the DBRS Morningstar-projected remaining cumulative net losses (CNLs) assumption at a multiple of coverage commensurate with the ratings.

-- Collateral performance in terms of CNLs is within expectations and remains low as Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) student loans benefit from guarantees that are ultimately provided by the U.S. government for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest.

-- However, cumulative gross defaults are higher than expected with total lifetime defaults projected to be greater than initial expectation; FFELP loans are guaranteed against default by third-party guarantors and reinsured for at least 97% of principal and accrued interest by the U.S. Department of Education, resulting in negligible CNL.

ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, GOVERNANCE CONSIDERATIONS
There were no Environmental/Social/Governance (ESG) factors that had a significant or relevant effect on the credit analysis.

A description of how DBRS Morningstar considers ESG factors within the DBRS Morningstar analytical framework can be found in the DBRS Morningstar Criteria: Approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Factors in Credit Ratings at https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/416784 (July 4, 2023).

Notes:
The principal methodology applicable to the credit ratings is DBRS Morningstar Master U.S. ABS Surveillance (July 20, 2023; https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/417414).

Other methodologies referenced in this transaction are listed at the end of this press release.

The DBRS Morningstar Sovereign group releases baseline macroeconomic scenarios for rated sovereigns. DBRS Morningstar analysis considered impacts consistent with the baseline scenarios as set forth in the following report: https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/384482.

The credit rating was initiated at the request of the rated entity.

The rated entity or its related entities did participate in the credit rating process for this credit rating action.

DBRS Morningstar had access to the accounts, management, and other relevant internal documents of the rated entity or its related entities in connection with this credit rating action.

This is a solicited credit rating.

Please see the related appendix for additional information regarding the sensitivity of assumptions used in the rating process.

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The credit rating methodologies used in the analysis of this transaction can be found at: https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com\methodologies.

-- Operational Risk Assessment for U.S. ABS Servicers (July 20, 2023),
https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/417415
-- Operational Risk Assessment for U.S. ABS Originators (July 20, 2023),
https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/417416
-- Interest Rate Stresses for U.S. Structured Finance Transactions (June 9, 2023),
https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/415687
-- Legal Criteria for U.S. Structured Finance (December 7, 2022),
https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/407008
-- Rating U.S. Structured Finance Transactions (February 6, 2023),
https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/409449
-- Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Securitizations (January 13, 2023),
https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/408396

A description of how DBRS Morningstar analyses structured finance transactions and how the methodologies are collectively applied can be found at: https://www.dbrsmorningstar.com/research/410863.

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