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Blackboard Affiliate Commences Tender Offer for Higher One Holdings, Inc.

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced that its affiliate, Winchester Acquisition Corp., has commenced its previously announced tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Higher One Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ONE) at a price of $5.15 per share.  The tender offer is being made in connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated June 29, 2016 (the "Merger Agreement"), by and among Winchester Acquisition Holdings Corp., Winchester Acquisition Corp. and Higher One, which Blackboard and Higher One announced on June 30, 2016.

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The Higher One board of directors has unanimously determined that the offer is advisable, fair to and in the best interests of Higher One's stockholders (other than Winchester Acquisition Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries) and unanimously recommends that the Higher One stockholders (other than Winchester Acquisition Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries) accept the offer and tender their shares.

The tender offer is scheduled to expire at 9:00 a.m. New York City time on Thursday, August 4, 2016, unless the offer is extended or earlier terminated.

Completion of the tender offer is conditioned upon the tender of at least a majority of Higher One's outstanding shares and other customary conditions, including the expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.  There is no financing condition to the tender offer.

Complete terms and conditions of the tender offer are set forth in the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other related materials, which have been filed by Winchester Acquisition Corp. with the SEC today.  In addition, Higher One has filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC relating to the tender offer.

Copies of the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and other related materials are available free of charge from D.F. King & Co., Inc., the information agent for the tender offer, toll-free at (800) 884-5101 (banks and brokers call (212) 269-5550) or by e-mail at  Computershare Trust Company, N.A. is acting as depositary for the tender offer.

Additional Information
This press release is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to purchase or the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities.  Winchester Acquisition Corp. ("Purchaser"), a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of  Winchester Acquisition Holdings Corp. ("Blackboard Acquisition") that is wholly owned by the holding company that owns Blackboard Inc. ("Blackboard"), has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO containing an offer to purchase, a form of letter of transmittal and other documents relating to the tender offer, and Higher One Holdings, Inc. ("Higher One") has filed with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the tender offer.  Blackboard Acquisition, Purchaser and Higher One will mail these documents without charge to Higher One stockholders.  Investors and stockholders should read those filings carefully as they contain important information about the tender offer. Those documents may be obtained without charge at the SEC's website at  The offer to purchase and related materials may also be obtained without charge by contacting D.F. King & Co., Inc., the information agent for the tender offer, toll-free at (800) 884-5101 (brokers and bankers call (212) 269-5550) or by e-mail at

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements concerning Blackboard and its affiliates, Higher One and the proposed transaction, which describe or are based on current expectations.  Actual results may differ materially from these expectations.  Any statements that are not historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates," "will," and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements include the ability of Blackboard and Higher One to complete the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, including the satisfaction of the conditions to the transaction set forth in the Merger Agreement.  Actual results may differ materially from current expectations because of risks associated with uncertainties as to the timing of the tender offer and the subsequent merger; the possibility that various conditions to the consummation of the tender offer or the merger may not be satisfied or waived; the effects of disruption from the transactions on the respective businesses of Blackboard and Higher One and the fact that the announcement and pendency of the transactions may make it more difficult to establish or maintain relationships with employees, customers and other business partners; and other risks and uncertainties pertaining to the business of Higher One detailed in its filings with the SEC from time to time.  Forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the respective businesses of Blackboard and Higher One, including, in the case of Higher One, those mentioned in the risk factors and other cautionary statements in Higher One's 2015 Annual Report for fiscal year 2015 on Form 10-K, Quarterly Report for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 on Form 10-Q and in other reports filed with the SEC.  The reader is cautioned not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements.  Blackboard and its affiliates and Higher One expressly disclaim any intent or obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

D'Anthony White, Blackboard Inc.
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