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Nelnet Withdraws Application for Industrial Bank Charter with the FDIC and the Utah Department of Financial Institutions

LINCOLN, Neb., Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nelnet (NNI) today announced it has withdrawn its application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Utah Department of Financial Institutions (UDFI) to establish Nelnet Bank, a Utah-chartered industrial bank. Nelnet filed the industrial bank charter application on June 28, 2018.

"We appreciate the constructive dialogue we have had with the FDIC and UDFI regarding our application," said Nelnet President Tim Tewes. "Withdrawing our application is a temporary step back in what we knew could be a long process. The need for more financially secure, borrower-focused, and FDIC-insured lenders in the private student loan marketplace is increasing; we believe Nelnet is an ideal candidate to be such an institution with our financial strength, customer focus, and experience."

Nelnet has a long history helping families plan and pay for their education, including more than 30 years of making private student loans. With diversified sources of funding that include deposits and securitizations, Nelnet Bank would be able to act as a reliable source of funding for creditworthy, education-seeking consumers throughout all credit markets.

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About Nelnet

Nelnet (NNI) is a diversified and innovative company focused on offering educational services, technology solutions, telecommunications, and asset management. Nelnet helps students and families plan and pay for their education and makes the administrative processes for schools more efficient with student loan servicing, tuition payment processing, and school administration software. Through its subsidiary, ALLO Communications, Nelnet offers fiber optic services directly to homes and businesses for ultra-fast internet and superior telephone and television services. The company also makes investments in real estate developments and new ventures. For more information, visit Nelnet.com.

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