Our experience is if the fee is on the tuition bill Army will pay it. They pay several weeks into the next semester. The stipend pays on time, the 1st and 15th. They even prorated my son's first check for the semester.As a further clarification, it can take a little while for the money to process after contracting, which also takes some time. My son as been at school for 3 weeks now, and just signed his contracting paperwork. We were also told that AROTC does not cover Program Fees, which is a small amount charged by the different classes they are taking, like Engineering program fees, Business program fees etc, it's in the $350 range this semester. It doesn't quite make sense to me, but that's how it is I guess...He's not expecting his Stipend until sometime in October, hopefully not later, and in the meantime the Finance Office is still waiting for payment, but we have been told they would be notified it was coming by AROTC.
You just have to make communication with your finance/bursar office that a thrid party, AROTC is paying the bill.