One of my programs that I have been admitted to requires a deposit and notice of acceptance by May 1, however I won't have all the information that I need to know whether or not that is a good choice for me. Unfortunately I do not have a concrete date where I would know. What's the most amount of time that I could reasonably ask for in an extension? One week, two weeks, a month? Should I just ask the question open ended and see what they tell me is their maximum amount of time? At the end of this I would like to accomplish two things: not burn any bridges by committing and then having to back out, and not eating a deposit (although $250 sounds pretty low compared to what some schools like Columbia's are.)
Advice and thoughts would be greatly appreciated.