I did almost the opposite! I wanted to leave my home state which meant leaving my single mom (I'm an only child) and my 6-year relationship boyfriend. I applied twice. My first cycle I got waitlisted at two schools in my home state and declined at 3 schools out of state. When I applied the second go around, I knew UAB was my top choice and one of the furthest schools. I ended up getting into UAB and USC. (USC is in my home state) I asked my boyfriend one last time before declining USC if the distance would be an issue. He told me to go wherever my heart desired. That choice was UAB...2100 miles away from where we share a home together. I like the adventure of going somewhere where I don't know anyone, but I didn't get to leave home for my undergrad so this was my chance! My boyfriend and I eloped a few weeks before I left, so we're married now. His job allows him to come out and see me often, so the distance for us won't be an issue. Plus I need someone to help me pay the bills ? Furthermore, that first semester you're going to need to focus and have the least amount of distractions. So distance works in our favor. I totally think its doable because its completely temporary. However, since you are married, if he isn't comfortable with that decision then you may need to reevaluate. Maybe he can apply for residency programs near where you will be going to school? What I've learned through the two cycles I applied is choose a school or go to a program that you truly want to go. Not only is PA school a financial strain, but you should attend a program where you believe in their mission and were you will become an incredible future provider. For me, USC was close to home and my husband, but I knew I would be miserable there. I didn't fit in at the interview nor do I have any ties to their mission statement. If you do decide not to attend this program you got into that could be a huge talking point in your mission statement/supplementals/interviews the next cycle you apply. Just a thought.